The level of funding available to Galway County Council for roads maintenance and improvements has almost halved since 2008 and may fall again in 2013.
At Monday evening’s statutory budget meeting of Galway County Council, County Manager Martina Maloney said the issue of roads funding was a cause of concern to the local authority. She said the council would endeavour to make the best use of allocations.
According to the County Manager’s budget report, the current maintenance cycle is “inadequate and not in line with best practise”.
If the situation is not resolved through additional funding, reads the report, it will result in “on-going deterioration of the road network”.
Concerns were raised by Connemara area Councillors Seosamh Ó Cuaig and Seán Ó Tuairisg about the reductions in the road maintenance budget, with Cllr Ó Tuairisg voicing misgivings over the sparse road network in the region.
“Roads in Connemara are in much poorer condition than anywhere else in this county,” said Cllr Ó Tuairisg.
In order to prioritise the roads in the worst condition and most urgently requiring repair, Galway County Council carried out a digital and visual survey of roads in the county.
A further survey was carried out by the Department of Transport and the National Roads Authority, which found that there is a need to improve skid resistance over 8.5 per cent of the regional network.