“Urgent” Roscrea road repairs get green light

Thursday, 12 October 2017

FUNDING has been announced to repair a notoriously dilapidated stretch of busy road in Roscrea, which has been the cause of considerable upset among local motorists for years.

Ask any motorist who travels through Roscrea regularly about how they feel about the condition of the town's road network and you are sure to receive a very negative response.

However, one of the busiest sections of road in the town has caused headaches, and even physical damage resulting in expensive repairs to vehicles, for some time - the approach road from the M7 motorway to the town and part of the N62.

Many local people question how the planning authorities created a road that resulted in such a mess in the first place - a road which was created with virtually no storm-water drainage infrastructure, and which carries the lion's share of Roscrea's HGV and commuter traffic along a route only metres from the entrances to North Tipperary's largest housing estate, Kennedy Park.

Some sections of the road, particularly those where pedestrians cross between busy roundabouts, have become so potholed they have caused punctures and suspension damage to vehicles; while elderly residents of the four large housing estates served by the road, fear crossing the junctions at all because of the ever-growing volumes of traffic and the crumbling surface underfoot while attempting to cross quickly.

On Monday it was announced that Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII - the new revamped NRA) have realised the seriousness of the situation and have allocated over €400,000 to carry out extensive repairs of the road.

Director of Services for Tipperary County Council, Marcus O'Connor, told the monthly meeting of the local authority in Nenagh on Monday the TII had announced the funding and Roscrea based Councillor, Michael Smith (FF), who has highlighted the problem for many years at Municipal and County Council level and pleaded with the transport authority to come and survey the situation, welcomed the news.

"For people who are coming into Roscrea from the motorway and from the Thurles direction this road is the first impression they get of the town and that impression now, is a bad one," Cllr Smith said.

"To now have the money secured is absolutely fantastic news and a huge amount of credit goes to the officials in Tipperary County Council and MInister Shane Ross for getting it across the line," he said.

Almost one kilometre of the road, stretching from the Villa Marie Nursing Home to the roundabout at the junction with Convent Hill and the bypass will be completely resurfaced after new storm-water drainage systems are installed.

Work has already begun on a part of the nearby road network at Camblin and work on the main section of the road is expected to begin within the next month.

Weather permitting, the project will take at least eight weeks to complete and will most likely proceed through the Christmas period, when traffic volumes will increase significantly during the build-up to the festive period.

However, a detour system designed to discommode motorists as little as possible will be put in place and Cllr Smith believes any inconvenience suffered will be worth it.

"This is a fairly substantial project and if it takes a couple of weeks of disruption for a serious development in the town it will be worth it - especially for a project that we have been fighting to get started on for such a long time. We're delighted to see it get across the line," he said.


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