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Catastrophic condition of roads in Cork city (pic heavy thread)

  • 31-05-2018 7:47pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Okay, so this a long term issue but after this winter the situation is not acceptable anymore and the city council is not doing anything, or enough to improve the road network in Cork city.

    In Cork city there are thousands and thousands of spots that need to be repaired and replaced. Kilometers and kilometers of roads need to be resurfaced. And if the council is repairing something it is done very poorly.

    I find it very strange that the city council is rebuilding a roundabout at the airport instead of fixing and resurfacing the roads. They made the centre island of that roundabout bigger for some weird reason and the whole thing makes no sense whatsoever. These people are not competent to do their job and should be replaced by somebody who actually knows what they are doing.

    I cycled a bit in the past few days and weeks and only then I realised that the roads are absolutely horrible! I found myslef braking quite often and I had to just change direction suddenly many times because the roads are that bad. Riding a motorbike must be a nightmare.

    So here is a bit of documentation done by me. Pictures are few months old, some of the potholes have been "repaired" (if you can call it that) and generally the roads got worse and nothing is happening. So yeah, third world coutnry roads and we supposed to be ok with that? I don't think so.

    Harbour View rd., outside Supervalu. There are 3 pedestrian crossing there with lights, one outside the library, one further up after the roundabout (it's the worst one from all 3) and one more further up. All of them are aboslutely horrible.

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    ped xing outside library

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    ped xing further up after the roundabout. Currently totally destroyed.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Cronin's field. From Lidl towards the park (Bakers rd.).

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Shanakiel road. Are we still in Western Europe?

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    they went there to fix this like 3 times in last few months and it's still bad.

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    this is what it looks like today.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Shanakiel rd. X Sunday's well rd.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Lee rd. X Western rd. junction. One of the busiest junctions in Cork city and it looks like this.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Pictures taken today. Still a mess.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Going further, right after the bridge. Still looks more less the same today.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Bridge over the River Lee, heading towards Victoria X.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Victoria cross heading towards city centre... there are 2 manhole covers by the side of the road. Lower than the rest of the road. Way lower than they should be. And it seems they are clogged.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    pedestrian crossing further up towards Dennehy's cross. Pothole filled, but still a mess.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Model Farm rd., from Dennehy's cross

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Rendezvous pub->IDA business park

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    this is interesting ... it's a quite big bump on the road. I was driving behind a bus once and it went up and almost all the way down to the ground.

    Somebody did a bad job that day apparently. Well...

    nothing to see on pictures really, but it is there and it's not supposed to be.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    outside IDA business park

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Roundabout outside CIT

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    opposite side of the roundabout. Cork city council's engineering masterpiece. They even painted a line over that abomination.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 958 ✭✭✭ Schorpio


    You must be a mind reader Diabhalta! I have been meaning to get out and take some pictures of literally the exact same spots you've done. I was going to write a letter to the Council.

    I totally agree, it's a complete disgrace. I dread to think of the years it adds to my poor car too. I think the shoddy 'repairs' are the bits which annoy me the most. It's one thing for the highway to fall into disrepair, it's another thing altogether for someone to have the audacity to walk away from some of those 'repair' jobs


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Heading to town, Western rd. passing UCC

    cracks in the road

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    Google maps:

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    there is about 8 manhole covers on this road and 5 of them are bad.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Greenville place, pass Mercy hospital in town. This pedestrian crossing.

    The drop is too big. Badly built, has to be done again properly.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,195 ✭✭✭✭ lawred2


    Christ is it ever dry down there?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Strawberry hill, above the Gaol

    last year in April they were doing something there and digging a big hole for I don't know what reason...

    This is what it looked like after they were finished:

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    I emailed them and told them that this not ok. They can't do a job like this and expect us to drive over this. Seriously, what a mess.

    So they went back and did this:

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    still sharp edges around

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    I emailed them again telling them that the repair work was waste of time and that spot is still a mess.

    They went back and did it the way it should be:

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    Why they couldn't do it properly the first time? Where is the problem here? Maybe the people doing the job should do some course or even be replaced by somebody else?

    It would be really nice if the people working there would be more effective and conscientious. The main problem here is that they are wasting our money. My money, your money and everybody else's. How are they even allowed to be so ineffective I don't know.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,631 ✭✭✭ zilog_jones


    Diabhalta wrote: »
    I find it very strange that the city council is rebuilding a roundabout at the airport instead of fixing and resurfacing the roads.

    That's the county council though. The city boundary has officially changed yet, has it? The work started months ago anyway.

    Saying that, there are many areas of the south side suburbs (outside of the old boundary) with awful roads too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,170 ✭✭✭✭ NIMAN


    These photos make for interesting viewing.

    To be honest, many of the roads around Derry city are in that sort of state too, although we have a lack of a functioning government to blame it on.


  • Registered Users Posts: 695 ✭✭✭ Pops_20


    I travel the roads you pictured above several times a week (Western Road, Victoria Cross etc), and at this stage I've just had to learn where the potholes/cracks are and drive around them. The cracks on the western road are the worse as they span the width of the road and you really can't avoid them.

    If the council saved the money the spent idiotic closing down of Patrick street then perhaps they could have done a half decent repair on the roads.


  • Registered Users Posts: 50 ✭✭✭ Kensei


    Looks like the original contractors skipped adding condoms to the asphalt.


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,170 ✭✭✭✭ NIMAN


    If Cork is anything like Derry, a lot of these patches are in place due to some other contractor coming along and digging up the road to lay something extra, like broadband, or gas or something.

    There should be a requirements that if a part of the road is dug up, then the whole road to a certain amount of metres either side has to be properly resurfaced. That should be in the contract before they are allowed to break ground.

    Most of these holes and damaged areas are from patches put in afterwards. If they had to do a full section of road as new, it would be less likely to end up in this awful state.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    Pops_20 wrote: »
    and at this stage I've just had to learn where the potholes/cracks are and drive around them.

    You see the thing is that you shouldn't remember where all the potholes/cracks are. The roads should be 100% smooth everywhere. It's very expensive to run a car in Ireland at the moment so in return the roads should be excellent.

    In central Europe (countries like Poland, Czech rep., Slovakia, Hungary) the motor tax is included in the petrol price. The roads are very good over there. Occasionally you might end up driving over a pothole but it's a rare occurrence. The busiest roads in bigger and smaller cities are perfect.

    So when I compare roads in Cork city to those roads over there it seems like we are in Asia, not in Western Europe.

    I don't understand how somebody spends thousands of euros on a brand new car and then drives it in Cork. That's just absurd.

    Winning in lottery let's say €100M there's no way I would live here. Driving a brand new Lamborghini or Ferrari in Cork? Pffff hahaha :D:D lol that's just not possible. There are other places in Europe with much better infrastructure than Cork city.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    North Mall, outside Franciscan Well pub.

    This road is decades old. It needs to be resurfaced. There is this big drop at the side of the road so if you can't drive around it you just have to drive over it. It's strange.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    College rd.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭ Diabhalta


    South Mall

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  • Registered Users Posts: 270 ✭✭ shivermetimber


    Daily motorcyclist and cyclist here in Dublin. The state of the roads in the city is absolutely abysmal the past few years. Seems almost on par with what you have down in Cork. The overall quality is nowhere near good enough and some of the craters are just like in your first picture, inches deep and near lethal on two wheels.


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