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Road rage…are these the county’s ‘quickest’ potholes?

FRESH CONCERNS have been raised about the state of the main Lisnaskea to Cavan road as dangerous holes have reappeared on the busy road just two weeks after it was repaired.
On June 6th, Road Service inspected a section of the road at Wattlebridge close to the Derrykerrib turn off, and the following week, repairs were carried out to fix a large pothole along the centre of the road. 
Just two weeks later, the hole has now reappeared and the main road is once again in a dangerous state, and getting worse by the day. 
Cllr Thomas O’Reilly said that ‘a repair that lasts only two weeks is not the standard road users should have to endure.’
“It is really incredible. I can put my hand down through the crown of the road and my wrist is buried in it. 
“The holes are back on the road already and I am aware that ground conditions are not good, but there is something fundamentally wrong when you repair something and a week later the holes are back. 
“This is a busy road with a large number of heavy lorries travelling on it daily. The standard of repair is below par – they have repaired this road and it has fallen out again.”
“This road is one of the main roads linking Fermanagh to Cavan, and the area in question is a fast stretch of road. 
Councillor  O’Reilly stated that ‘half of the road is sliding into a farmers field.’ 
“You can actually see where the white line has moved left and there is a big curve where the whole road has moved left. 
“This has never happened before. Why should the ratepayer be forced to pick up a repair bill again for this. If you make mistakes and get things wrong, there is no incentive for people to be attentive to what they are doing. 
“We are trying to encourage more businesses to come into Fermanagh,” said Cllr O’Reilly. 
A departmental spokesperson said, “Due to the nature of the underlying ground, the Wattlebridge Road is subject to some movement and subsidence. The Department for Infrastructure continues to inspect the road on a regular basis and to repair all actionable defects. 
“The Department is considering the matter to ascertain if a more permanent solution can be found to this ongoing issue.” 

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