Gas pipeline roadworks to lead to traffic tailbacks
MAJOR roadworks began on Monday on the Maudlintown to Drinagh main road in Wexford and will continue for the next five weeks, resulting in snarlbacks for motorists.
The works will affect traffic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the height of the tourism season.
The works involve the installation of a gas main along the R730 from the Drinagh Roundabout as part of Gas Network Ireland Phase 1. Traffic lights will be in operation.
A Wexford County Council spokesperson said: 'Please allow extra time for your journey and as always the dates and times of these works are weather dependent and as such it may be necessary to alter them at short notice.'
Preparatory work began on the pipeline in March. The much-needed gas pipeline will transform the way major businesses in the town operate by cutting their heating costs in half.
Ground works of the 41 km between Wexford and the Great Island terminal in South Wexford have been taking place outside the Celtic Linen premises on the Rosslare Road.
Cllr George Lawlor described the pipeline as a massive piece of infrastructure for the county which will help to attract further industry to Wexford town.
He said gas should be flowing into the town by early in 2016.
Among those who will see their energy costs halved when they are connected are Celtic Linen, Coca-Cola, Danone, Wexford Creamery, Wexford General Hospital and Irish Pride in Taghmon, which is on the route of pipeline.
There will be a 29 km network around Wexford town, with other businesses likely to sign up before gas starts flowing.
Celtic Linen's Philip Scallan and other key business people in the town made the case for the pipeline more than two years ago, eventually persuading Bord Gais, which had firmly resisted the move, that it would be viable.