Report reveals the counties with highest proportion of roads in “severe disrepair” in Ireland
What are the roads like in your county?
Monaghan is home to some of the best and worst regional roads in the Republic of Ireland, according to a report by the National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC) reviewing the performance of local authorities throughout the country.
The state of regional roads nationwide is just one of the elements in the report, which found that 70% of regional roads in Ireland had some surface or structural defects.
Roads were grouped into four categories – 1-4 (some to severe structural distress), 5-6 (surface defects, localised distress), 7-8 (surface defects) and 9-10 (no defects or less than 10% defective).
The report found that Monaghan had the highest proportion of regional roads in the poorest condition, with 15% of regional roads showing some to severe structural distress, followed by Offaly (14%), Laois (11%), Cork County (9%), Waterford (9%) and Wexford (9%).
Interestingly, Monaghan is also the county, among rural authorities, with the highest proportion of regional roads in category 9/10 (best condition) at 51%. Outside of Dublin, where 82% of regional roads were in category 9/10, Westmeath (44%), Roscommon (42%), Kerry (41%), Sligo (40%) and Meath (40%) had the highest percentage of roads in the best condition.
You can see an evaluation of the regional roads in your county in the table below and the report in full can be read here.