Months of traffic and water chaos in store

Maria Pepper

Published 21/01/2014 | 05:42

One end of Upper John Street closed off to traffic yesterday (Monday).
One end of Upper John Street closed off to traffic yesterday (Monday).

Wexford town is facing major traffic and water supply disruptions over the next three months as a €3 million pipe replacement contract gets underway.

Road closures and diversions are being put in place to facilitate the laying of 2.1 kilometres of new water mains piping.

Work began on Monday in the Wygram and John Street areas where road closures and diversions have been put in place.

Traffic lights at the busy Wygram junction have been replaced by a stop and go system until this Saturdaty, January 28.

The first of a series of water mains shut downs will take place this Wednesday, January 22 from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

It will affect the town centre area below John Street, including the Main Street and the quay.

'The disruption to supply will be minimal as it is taking place during the night,' said Senior Executive Engineer, Nicholas Rossiter.

The Council has promised that all interruptions in supply will be carried out at night and advance notice will be given every time.

The stretch of John Street from Wygram to George's Street will remain closed to motorists until the end of February.

As the contract progresses, the pipe-laying work will continue along John Street towards School Street where there will also be road closures.

After John Street is completed, the contractors will move to Carrigeen Street, Dempsey's Terrace, Summerhill Road, Whitemill Road and Distillery Road.

'Closures on John Street will be in effect from January 20 to March 31,' said Mr. Rossiter.

'It will be a rolling closure and works will only be permitted between two adjacent junctions at any one time to limit disruption,' he added.

The Borough Engineer Sinead Casey said there will be traffic disruption for approximately three months.

The work is part of a €3 million contract to replace 11.5 km of leaking watermains in Weford town, Gorey, Killenagh, Ferns and Kilmuckridge.

The aim is to conserve water and provide a more efficient supply with reduced leaks, improved pressure and flow and a reduction in water quality problems.

Old cast iron mains dating from the early 20th century will be replaced in John Street, Carrigeen Street, Summerhill Road, Whitemill Road and Distillery Road.

About 90 properties along the route that are currently served by a communal 'backyard' service will be given new individual servic e pipe connections.

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