On The Road? – Not if I can help it…

Posted on January 14, 2010

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There are potholes on my road that I could build a house in. Of course, I’d never get planning though…

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In light of our ‘Big Freeze’ and subsequent ‘Rain-out flood risk’, the roads in Ireland have gone to sh*t. I’m worried particularly about the stretch of the Duncannon Line between Kate’s Farmshop and The Mountain Bar pub, as that’s the stretch I drive every day, no matter where I’m going.

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The only way to avoid cracking a tire open is to drive in the middle of the road, straddling the white line, which might be possible at 3 o’clock in the morning but not so much at 3 in the afternoon.

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And fair enough, I’m sure the Council are doing their best (said through gritted teeth) what with the widespread damage across the county and country. But this is not a new problem on my road. (Yes, it’s mine. There are about 20 of us living along that stretch so we’ve claimed it…)

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On the corner before my house, there is a serial, copycat pothole. In other words, it saw the destruction it’s first appearance caused and decided it liked it. Then it got taken away in restraints and buried under some cement, only to be reintroduced to the world when some lorry driver decided bombing it out the road at 90mph seemed like a good idea. (One of them recently nearly ended up going through our front wall…)

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Now I don’t know a lot about road-filling or surfacing or anything like that but surely, there’s some way of filling this serial offender so that it stays gone for slightly longer than three weeks at a time? Because it takes almost a month to get them to fill the bloody thing again.

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Better again, why not simply resurface the road? Ha ha. Good luck. I was told recently that Wexford has the worst record for time between road resurfacing. It’s currently something like 25 years. But we shouldn’t feel bad, we’re probably not beating the others by much. Except South Dublin of course, which probably gets resurfaced every time the bankers need to take the Merc to Donnybrook for a rugby match.

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So, by my calculations, we probably got all our roads resurfaced during the Celtic pussy, I mean Tiger. So, at best, we in Wexford have at least another 15 years until our roads are resurfaced again, by which time I reckon we’ll have a lot in common with Cambodia…

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A picture says a thousand words. Two pictures therefore…well, you get the idea…

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