County Council News, December 2009

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Recent Flooding and the need for solutions

It is almost easier to list the areas and roads not affected by the recent flooding. Inconvenience on blocked roads is bad enough but when the water appears in your living room a problem becomes a nightmare. We had houses flooded in Caheroyan, Ballydavid, Moanbaun, Moorpark Craughwell and Carnmore and also a large number of vehicles badly damaged in the crisis.

The main task that remains is the continuing support of all those affected and putting in place measures which reduce the risk in the future. Already a member of OPW staff has done a preliminary survey with local help on the Clarin river in the vicinity of the town and Galway County Council is holding a special meeting on December Hm to discuss solutions to the problem. The OPW will attend this meeting and we should have a better idea of responsibilities and possible actions following this meeting.

N6 to Open on December 18, 2009

The new N6 motorway Ballinasloe to Galway is being officially opened on December 18th by Minister for Transport Mr. Noel Dempsey T.D. It will complete the M4/M6 Motorway from Dublin to Galway and reduce travel times between the two cities to approximately 2 hours. It consists of 56km of Motorway, 7km link road to Loughrea and 4 major junctions at Ballinasloe West, Kilmllagh, Athenry and Glenascaul (Oranmore). There will be a toll booth at Cappatagle and tolls will cost €1.90 for a car.

It will add to the attractiveness of East Galway for investment and living and it makes the area accessible from the East Coast in little over an hour which gives a boost to the whole county. It will remain the property of N6 Concession for the next 30 years or so and will then revert to state ownership.

Issues relating to the construction of the N6 are now being dealt with on an individual basis as we move towards the official opening. Progress is being made on these issues and I attend a meeting each week with N6 Construction where this progress is monitored. In the event that problems are not solved before December 18th we have a commitment that work will continue into 2010 until all issues are dealt with.

Reconstruction of the Athenry — Coshla Road

Following the commitment given to me a number of months ago by both the County Manager and the management of the National Roads Authority the L3103 or the Coshla Road via Castle Lambert is being completely reconstructed. This work is costing close to €1 million and will result in a road of at least as good a standard as before the N6 construction began.

Substantial funding is also being made available for the Castle Lambert / Lisheenkyle Road which will result in considerable improvement there too.

Improvements for Tuam Road, Athenry

Approximately €150,000 has been allocated for the complete upgrade of the Tuam Road from the New Line junction to Park. Work will begin immediately after Christmas subject to weather conditions.

Work at Church Street continues

Work at Church Street which will widen Church Street between the Garda Station and the Railway Station is continuing. The old stone wall which was removed was in a very dangerous state and beyond repair. The work will also improve access to the CIE car park from the town. Thanks to the Brady Family who made the extra ground available for this work.

Athenry Ennis Railway opening soon

The railway line to Ennis and onto Limerick and the South will open in early to mid-January. Work is continuing at Athenry Station and the Ennis Bridge.

This Article was first published in East Galway News and Views, December /January 2009-2010

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About this record

Written by Peter Feeney

Published here 19 Apr 2024 and originally published December 2009

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