€1.26 million contract signed for road widening scheme



Tipperary County Council is pleased to announce that Glas Civil Engineering Ltd. have been awarded the contract for a road widening and pavement strengthening scheme on the R498 Nenagh to Thurles road at Knockalton, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. The contract was signed at Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Nenagh, last week.

The scheme commences just south of junction 25 with the M7, running for approximately 1.4km in the Thurles direction. The works will improve this section of road in terms of load carrying capacity, driveability, safety, drainage and journey time. The total project cost is approximately €1.26 million.

Works are due to commence at the end of November 2018 and will continue for a period of approximately six months. The road widening scheme involves: re-construction and widening of approximately 1.4km of roadway; undergrounding of overhead telecom services; alteration of ESB services; drainage works.

Cllr Mattie Ryan, Cathaoirleach for Tipperary County Council and Cathaoirleach of Nenagh Municipal District, said, “I welcome the news of the commencement of the R498 Road Widening Scheme at Knockalton. This is a narrow section of the R498 where heavy goods vehicles have to stop in order to pass one another. The widening of this road will significantly improve safety for all road users. I would like to wish the contractors well, and ask that anyone commuting to or from this area be mindful of the disruption during the course of the project which the contractor and Council will aim to minimise.”

Joe MacGrath, Chief Executive, Tipperary County Council said, “The Council is investing its own funding into this project in order to improve road safety and journey time on this strategic route. This project will bring improved infrastructure on the Nenagh to Thurles road. The Council is delighted that a contractor has been appointed to complete these works. These works will bring both social and economic benefits to the area. I would like to express my thanks to all road users and the local community in the Knockalton and Thurles Road area for your co-operation during these works.”

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