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*Photograph: Patrick Thomas Howard

“Adverse weather conditions” have been blamed for creating “a lot of damage” to a busy Meelick road.

Repairs and resurfacing works on the section of road between Nix’s Bridge and Brennan’s Cross in Meelick was requested by Cllr PJ Ryan (IND) at a recent meeting of the Shannon Municipal District.

Senior executive engineer, Tom Mellett confirmed that the road would be assessed as part of the preparation process for next year’s roads programme.

Mellett’s reply was described as positive by Cllr Ryan. “It is a section of road that has deteriorated quite a lot in recent times, it had a special surface put on it one time but due to adverse weather conditions it has created a lot of damage on the road,” the Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council explained.

Some of the ditch from Brennan’s Cross as far back as Nix’s Bridge “has collapsed,” Cllr Pat O’Gorman (FF) cautioned. He recalled that in recent weeks a car had to be pulled back from the river by a lorry. “It is very open for cars to slip off the road, it is wide open,” he noted.

Activity on the road must be considered, Cllr Michael Begley (IND) felt. “The amount of traffic on that link is unbelievable”. He outlined that “a huge amount of traffic” is using the strip of road.

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