Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (350)

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

475 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if the promised road pavement management study has been completed; if not, the status of same; when it will be completed; and the action it is proposed to take with regard to the recommendations of the investigation. [2749/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

My Department appointed consultants to carry out a pavement condition study of non-national roads and a review of pavement management systems in November 2003. Work on the study will be completed by August 2004. The results of the study will determine the extent of deficiencies remaining in the non-national road network since the last study was carried out in 1996 and the progress made since then. The results will form an important part in the ongoing process of securing and allocating resources to the network and in the implementation of the multi-annual restoration programme. The consultants have also been asked to review existing pavement management systems and to recommend a single system for use by local authorities on the non-national road network.