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< This is the text of Local roads (Republic of Ireland) as at 20 Mar 2015 >

Local roads (bóithre áitiúla) make up the lowest level in the Republic of Ireland's system of road classification and numbering. The Roads Act 1993 defines a local road as "a public road, other than a national road or a regional road" and makes their classification and numbering, as well as their planning and maintenance, a responsibility of the country's (local) road authorities – that is to say, the 31 county, city, and city and county councils.

Co. Galway's L8230 at Abbey

Local roads bear four- or five-digit numbers prefixed by the letter L, and each road authority classifies the local roads within its own administrative area according to the following system:

  • Local primary roads generally have a width of at least 4 metres and they are normally numbered in the range L1000–4999
  • Local secondary roads generally have a width of less than 4 metres and they are normally numbered in the range L5000–8999
  • Local tertiary roads consist of very minor links and dead ends and most are numbered in the range L10001–89999 with the first four digits representing the local primary or secondary local road of which each is a branch or spur; otherwise, they are numbered in the series L90000+

Because each authority administers its own local road numbering system, the same numbers can be, and usually are, repeated in different parts of the country – so that there can be, for instance, 30 or more unrelated roads all numbered L1001.

The general speed limit on local roads is 80 km/h (50 km/h in built-up areas).

Today's local roads should not be confused with the former system of Link roads, which were also prefixed by the letter L, but bore one-, two-, or three-digit numbers.

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