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Saturday 15 December 2018

Demand for action now on potholes in the Park

THE potholed main road in Phoenix Park should be taken over by Dublin City Council, it has been claimed.

The local authority will consider the proposal after Fine Gael councillor Ruairi McGinley tabled a motion on the condition of Chesterfield Avenue.

As things stand, the Office of Public Works is responsible for the maintenance of the road -- which has become one of the capital's busiest arteries and passes Aras an Uachtaran.

Remedial works were carried out on the avenue ahead of the visits of the Queen and US President Barack Obama last month.

OPW staff have acknowledged the road deteriorated significantly since the freezing conditions of November and December last year.

A spokesman said the road in its current state was not designed for the volume of vehicular traffic that it has experienced in recent years.

It is believed that in excess of 30,000 vehicles a day use it.

Cllr McGinley told the council's transport committee that Chesterfield Avenue should be part of the local authority's carriageway renewal programme, which is being funded by a €12m grant from the National Transport Authority.

It could not be included as it is under the control of the OPW, he pointed out.

Mr McGinley said his motion seeks that "the control and responsibility for the roadway should come back to Dublin City Council".

"It really should be part of a carriageway renewal programme because it has actually deteriorated quite badly."

But city engineer Michael Phillips revealed the OPW has "a major plan to rebuild the vast majority of that road".



Reconstruct

He said the council had a plan last year to run a quality bus corridor on Chesterfield Avenue but it was turned down by An Bord Pleanala.

"They (the OPW) have done some remedial work in the meantime based on the VIP visitors we had last month but their idea is to actually reconstruct a major part of Chesterfield Avenue," he said.

He said he will bring Mr McGinley's concerns to the attention of the organisation.

The council also revealed that the renewal programme will mean an upgrade for the city's dilapidated cycle lanes as well.

comurphy@herald.ie

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