Galway has best record in Ireland for road repairs

Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has the best record in Ireland for road repairs, according to a new report from the Department of Transport.

A value-for-money review shows in 2014, all but one of over 1500 ‘defects’ identified in Galway’s road networks were fixed.

The study found that nationally, around one in four road defects on the country’s most heavily-trafficked routes are not being repaired.

10 local authorities failed to fix any of the shortfalls identified in their catchment areas during 2014.

Galway County Council claimed a proportion of its allocation for minor pavement maintenance.

Meanwhile, Galway City Council saw its per kilometer roads maintenance allocation cut by around 85% between 2010 and 2014.

However, the network which the local authority had to maintain did not change.

The national road network is made up of over 2,600km of national primary routes and over 2,600km of national secondary routes.

This amounts to just over 5% of all roads in Ireland, but national routes carry around 46% of all traffic.

The total roads programme spend in 2014 was just under 40 million euro, down from a 2008 peak of 57 million euro.