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Is this county’s worst road?

BELIEVE it or not, what you see in this picture is actually a public road in Fermanagh, a road several families have to use daily.
The photo of the Tonyarnog Road, outside Kinawley, was taken by one of the residents following heavy rain on June 1st. The resident sent the to local Cllr Barry Doherty, who actually thought he’d been sent the wrong photo by accident at first.
“I would imagine there’s not a terrible amount of tar on it, then with the heat and machinery on it, this happens,” said Cllr Doherty.
He said Transport NI, who had previously carried out repairs to it, were due out to repair it this Monday, but had postponed the repairs until later.
Cllr Doherty said there were many roads across the county, both major and minor routes, in urgent need of repair.
“The A509 is an absolute disgrace,” he said, referring to large cracks in the road between Derryallen Lough and Keenan’s shop in Derrylin, into which you can fit your whole hand.
“If you take the Lisnaskea to Derrylin Road. £750,000 they spend on it, and it’s cracking in the middle a year later.”
He added: “It’s very depressing. Look at the roads around Teemore. We have places where the white lines on the road are two or three inches above what’s left of the tar. It’s just paint holding what’s below together. Then there’s water table throwing out onto the road and over time washing them away.”
Cllr Doherty said while he didn’t want to be running down Transport NI, stating he understand the budget constraints the Department is under, he asked the service not to make false promises to residents about when their roads would be repaired. He added he would also be concerned about how they were prioritising what roads were given attention.

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