A Cavan town junction with the Dublin Road.

Good news for Cavan roads

The state of Cavan's roads may soon get a boost as the council is set to buy two new tarring lorries.

The news was revealed by Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Sarah O’Reilly who said the local authority is in the process of procuring two new vehicles, which should be in place by the end of this year.

“The condition of our roads in County Cavan are of serious concern, that is why it is so important that Cavan County Council is now putting out a tender for the procurement of two new Pothole Machines. Recent weather conditions, particularly heavy rainfall, severe frost, snow and saturated ground conditions has had a brutal effect on our road network,” said the Aontú Councillor.

Cllr O'Reilly said she had regularly highlighted the roads issue with with DOS, the senior engineer, area engineers and the CE.

"We can only manage what is within our control, one of the things that is within our control is the upgrading of our patching machines - and I have been lobbying hard for this. The two patchers we currently have are simply not up to the job, being 19 and 22 years old respectively.”

In December she requested Cavan County Council examine the possibility of purchasing two new "high velocity pothole machines".

She was advised last week that the Department for Transport have approved grant aid to purchase two new pothole machines.

"The Council will now go to tender for the procurement of two new machines. The process will probably take up to seven months to complete - the hope, would be to take delivery of the machines within the year. They will be a welcome improvement on the current machines and an additional tool in the fight to rescue our roads.”