06 Oct 2022

Tipperary roads update: salting should not be an issue says council

Tipperary County Council has enough salt to cover five or six days of bad weather conditions, according to roads director Marcus O'Connor.

Mr O'Connor told the Tipperary Star that the council spread 300 tonnes of salt yesterday, Thursday, three times the normal amount.

The council has about 1,500 tonnes of salt still in stock and this will be replenished if needed as the council has access to stocks through Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), said Mr O'Connor.

He revealed that the council currently has 14 crews with snow ploughs and salting trucks out on the county's roads. Many of the ploughs also have salt spreaders at the back of trucks.

They are concentrating on the main national routes and some strategic regional roads such as the old N7, N8, the Thurles to Nenagh road and the Thurles to Limerick road via Newport.

However, he said progress was slow and they would not make much headway until the snow stops.

"There is five feet of snow at Lismacken on the Roscrea to Templemore road and the snow plough just can't get through," he said. "Our crews did a run from Cahir to Clonmel and the road was nearly as bad before they got to one end of it."

"We normally look after about 1,000km of roads but we are only doing 300-400kms," said Mr O'Connor.

TII contractors are looking after the M7 and M8, but they are "barely making any headway," he said.

It could be Sunday before minor roads are treated and, he said, there might be a bit of a thaw before then.

"Our message is we can't say if roads are passable. Only drive if it is a matter of life or death, otherwise, don't travel," said the Nenagh district manager.

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