It’s a long way to Tipperary… but it takes even longer trying to get through the town. The good news about the road improvement scheme on the Davitt Street N24 Tipperary Town is that it is reaching final stages.
“By the first week of September it will be 80% completed,” said Tipperary County Council’s Resident Engineer Louise Farrell.
“There are 10 Phases in the project, each individual Phase being 200m long and covering 1 traffic lane. The Contractor Tony Kirwan Civil Engineering is currently completing Phase 8, which is the 200m section of road from Corny’s Bar to the Maid of Erin, including the junctions at Bohercrow Road and John Street. Works here included new drainage pipes and gullies, new service crossings, new footpaths and the excavation and construction of the new road pavement.”
In the first week in September, Tony Kirwan Civil Engineering will commence Phase 9 from the Maid of Erin to the Applegreen Garage on the westbound lane, which will also include upgrading the area around the Church Well with new paving and flower beds.
The final road surface layer and road lining will also be applied between Tesco and Amber Garage as a separate operation at this time. Towards the end of September he will commence works on the final 200m section from the Applegreen Garage to Redmond Square on the westbound lane.
“The completion date for these major road works is mid-October subject to no unforeseen delays occurring. At that time all footpaths, surfacing and road lining will be completed from Bohercrow Roundabout to the Maid of Erin and traffic will be returned to Davitt Street and Church Street,” explained Resident Engineer Louise Farrell.
“The temporary roundabout at the junction of O’Brien Street, Galbally Road, Emly Road and O’Connell Road and the 1-way system was installed in the first week in July.”
“This traffic management system appears to be working well and the Council have received much support from the public for this arrangement. The traffic has been managed as best as possible albeit with the usual high traffic volumes on Fridays. The 1-way system will be removed when works are completed and traffic will return to the N24 Davitt Street and Church Street.”
“Tipperary County Council and the Contractor will continue to liaise with individuals and business throughout the remainder of the works to minimise disruption and facilitate access in particular whilst footpaths are being removed and replaced.”
Tipperary County Council would like to thank the local residents and business on Davitt St, Church St, O’Brien St, O’Connell Road and the surrounding streets for their continued cooperation during the works. It is anticipated the new road surface, footpaths, pedestrian crossings, paved areas, flower beds and bus shelters will enhance the environment for everyone living, working and visiting the area for years to come.
Similar enhancements to Main Street and Fr. Mathew Street, Tipperary Town are currently in design and it is hoped that construction will go ahead in 2020.