Road users can expect disruption when work begins on the upgrading of 14.3 kilometres of raw water-main between Clonaslee and Tullamore early next year.
“There will be disruption and works will impact on traffic for a short period,” explained Tom Shanahan from Offaly County Council, Environment & Water Services section who have overall responsibility for the project.
He added, “We will liaise with our Laois County Council counterparts when the project begins. But water mains works by their nature are not deep so therefore we wouldn’t envisage any significant road closures or major disruption or diversions.”
Some of the water for Tullamore’s water supply is sourced from Clonaslee and Mr Shanahan explained that the project is part of normal upgrading of the water supply.
“This is an upgrade to get a better supply into Tullamore.”
The contract for the construction, testing and commissioning of the 14.3kms of pipe between Clonaslee and Tullamore was recently advertised on e-tenders and Mr Shanahan revealed that tenders are being assessed.
“The contract hasn’t been awarded yet. Once it has we’ll have another open day to inform traders and the public on how the job will be managed and its impact.”
At a meeting of Tullamore Town Council earlier this year, Mr Shanahan outlined that €12 million was to be spent on a water services investment programme for Offaly’s county town.
1.8km of potable water-main and 1km of foul sewer rising main in roads and fields is also to be laid around Tullamore town as part of the rehabilitation scheme. “The water rehab work is about replacing existing mains,” outlined Mr Shanahan.
Areas affected will include Grand Canal south to O’Moore Street including Spollanstown Road, Patrick Street to Bachelor’s Walk to Clonminch, Market Square to the Harbour area, High Street and Clontarf Road.
Similar to the Clonaslee-Tullamore pipe upgrade, the contract hasn’t been awarded and once the assessment of the tenders is complete the cost of these components of the project will be in public domain.
Mr Shanahan pointed out, “The upgrade is over what is effectively rural road and it will come into the Tullamore bypass so it won’t impact on any town centre or streets where as the water main project will be on the centre of the town and residential areas.”
An open day has already been hosted in relation to the Tullamore Water Supply Scheme supply up-grade and water-main contract, and another will be held as soon as these latest contracts are awarded.
The works includes fittings, valves and all ancillary works, pipe welding, trenchless technology, ductile iron pipe for bridge and river crossings, ESB ducting and permanent reinstatement to all surfaces.