Grit is to be provided at 36 locations around the county and local community and residents groups will be able purchase a bin and salt supplies as part of this year’s Winter Maintenance Plan unveiled by Leitrim County Council at Monday’s monthly meeting.
By Leonie McKiernan
With weather experts predicting snow for the end of October across parts of Northern Ireland and into Connacht, the detailed plan was welcomed as a ‘positive step’. However some concern was raised over the prioritisation of roads for salting. To date the Council has sourced 2,200 tonnes of salt from the Government’s national tender and with the NRA stockpiling another 70,000 tonnes of salt, extra salt will be available if we experience severe weather like last year.
According to the plan, Priority 1 routes including the N4, N15 and N16 (from the Sligo boundary to the Fermanagh boundary) will be treated during all weather events. Priority 2 roads including the R280 (section to Co Roscommon); the R202, R199, R205, R201 (N4 to Mohill), R207 (R280 junction to Drumshanbo), R208 Galley Bridge to Drumshanbo and R202 junction to Drumcong, R209 (Letterfine to R280) and R210 (Letterfine to Drumcong) will be treated as part of the normal winter service but may experience some interruption in cover during severe weather.
The R286 and R287 will be gritted by Sligo County Council. All other regional roads will only be treated as need requires and if supplies are available.
Despite calls for busy roads such as the Mohill to Carrigallen, Drumkeerin to Dowra and Dowra to Drumshanbo roads to be included under Priority 2 for gritting, councillors were told there simply wasn’t enough funding to allow for all roads to be treated. Director of Service, John McGuinness, said they could review the situation as needed.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer