Sunday 18 August 2019

Nightmare for drivers as works cause huge delay

Tailbacks between Kent Engineering and Castlebridge.
Tailbacks between Kent Engineering and Castlebridge.

By Amy lewis

Motorists can expect major delays on their daily commute over the next month as urgent works get under way on the road between Castlebridge and Wexford town.

The major works will consist of new footpaths, cycle lanes, lighting and road resurfacing on the R741, with activity commencing on the stretch between Wexford town and Kents Stainless Steel. Although the project will cause major disturbances to motorists between now and October 16, Cllr. George Lawlor welcomed the road works, saying that the improvements are 'essential'.

'The recent drainage works in the area caused major disturbance to the road and left it very uneven,' he said. 'It has been left like a lunar landscape. Since then, we have been campaigning for this work to be done.'

The work will be funded by a €350,000 grant which was awarded six months ago. According to Cllr. Lawlor, it will make the route more agreeable for motorists.

'It is a busy road with over 10,000 people travelling on it per day,' he said. 'The improvements will make it much safer. They are essential for the main artery into Wexford town.'

The works began on August 19 and will continue until mid-October. A message sent out by Wexford County Council has indicated that a 24-hour stop-go traffic light system will be in place and that delays should be expected at peak times.

Elsewhere in Wexford there will be additional traffic delays as road works take place in Killurin. The project, which will cause delays on the R730 from Kereight to Killurin, will run from August 19 until September 25. Lights will be in operation on weekdays from 8.30 am until 5pm and motorists are advised to allow for delays.

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