Pipe laying works for the Clonmel Flood Relief Scheme began on Clonmel’s Davis Road on Monday after agreement over traffic restriction measures was reached with concerned businesses along the busy road.
Temporary traffic lights are operating on the road in the areas where the pipe laying is taking place but Clonmel Borough Council and the Flood Relief Scheme contractors have agreed to replace the lights with flag men during the peak times of 8am to 9.30am and 4pm to 6.30pm to ensure that traffic moves more quickly and smoothly.
Borough Engineer Jonathan Cooney said they had agreed with the business community to review the situation in the lead up to Easter Week and the flag men will replace the traffic lights system throughout Easter Week.
The option of working on the project 24 hours a day to finish it more quickly was ruled out, with the agreement of the business community, due to the noise pollution it would cause to the large number of residents living along the Davis Road.
Mr. Cooney said the Council had 240ms of pipeline to lay from the former Merriot Radiator factory towards the Showgrounds Shopping Centre and a further 120ms of pipeline to lay from Dunnes Stores towards Lidl.
The Council hoped to have the project completed within five weeks but he cautioned that it could take longer due to difficulties that may arise with ground water seepage, that was a major issue in this area.
He pointed out that the Davis Road had been significantly impacted by flooding over the years and it was hoped that the completion of this Flood Relief Scheme would make this problem a thing of the past.
George Mordaunt, a spokesman for the Davis Road businesses, said the business community had met with the Borough Council, OPW and contractors last week and came to an agreement.
He described the concession made in relation to the flag men as a big help but complained that they were not on duty during the peak hours yesterday evening (Tuesday) and this led to traffic tailbacks on the Davis Rd.
He welcomed the fact that a line of communication was now open to them to contact the authorities when a problem arises and would be doing so if the situation that arose on Tuesday continued.