“Ardee should be wiped out in the next few years.” That was the conclusion of Louth County Council’s senior executive engineer at last Thursday’s Ardee Municipal District committee meeting – but don’t worry, he was only talking about the job of improving the road surfaces in the centre of Ardee town.
Speaking at last week’s March meeting, the council confirmed that they are in the process of seeking funding from Transport Infrastructure Ireland which would see surface improvement work carried out from as far north as the Carrick Road to as far south as Ardee St Marys’ Pairc Mhuire.
The local authority say thay are hopeful of securing funding for the first section of that work this year. That stretch of the road would go from the Kells Road junction on Castle Street to Pairc Mhuire on the Drogheda Road.
“Infrastructure are currently undertaking tests. They’ll be sent to the TII and we hope that funding can be secured this year,” Sean O’Reilly told the assembled councillors.
In regards to work on the north side of the town, the council’s Infrastructure department are still to carry out tests on the surface. The proposed work would focus on the stretch of road from Castle Street down to the Carrick road roundabout.
“There’s not enough money for all,” O’Reilly continued. “Between TII and ourselves we will decide on what’s worse and what needs repairs.
“If all the testing proves good and we get the funding, Ardee should be wiped out in the next few years,” he said, perhaps not using the best turn of phrase available.
Ardee Municipal District cathaoirleach Dolores Minogue, who raised the issue, said “It’s great that it’s happening and it’ll be nice when it’s done. The town is crumbing – it’s badly needed.”
Louth County Council also confirmed that tests were to be be carried out on main street roads in Collon and also on the road at Anaglog junction. “There’s a dozen roads. You won’t get funding for all of them.”
Also at the meeting, Independent councillor Jim Tenanty raised once again the issue of noisy and sinking manholes on Hale Street – urging the council to look at the issue especially in the light of the upcoming An Post Ras coming to Ardee. Hale Street is on the race route.
“We have 21 sinkig manholes and gullys on Hale Street which have been highlighted for the last year. There’s none fixed,” Tenanty said.
“If we have a major race event coming and using Hale Street as a main route, there’s no chance of the riders staying on their bikes! It’s deteriorating even worse.”