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Thursday 27 July 2017

Bypass and road summer traffic delays to continue

David Looby

Motorists can expect up to 20 minute traffic delays on the Wexford to New Ross N25 approach road, from just outside Ballinabolla over the summer months, as works continue on resurfacing the main road and on the New Ross Bypass.

During the last quarter contractors BAM Iridium have been busy doing road diversions and realignments, the most noticeable being the diversion of the N25 at Ballymacar which is open to traffic to allow the construction of the new roundabout on the footprint of the existing N25, while maintaining free flow for road users in both directions during construction.

Other diversions and realignments that are now in place are at Creacon, Ryleen, Arnestown - these are to allow the construction of bridge structures on local roads, and at Stokestown to allow the new road to be constructed.

Major traffic management works are being rolled out in the greater New Ross area over the coming months.

Traffic management works (with associated 60km/h speed limit) on the N25 at Glenmore are due to commence this month and will last approximately nine months.

Traffic management will be put in place on the R733 (at Camblin) to facilitate stream diversions. This work is planned for late summer and is expected to last four weeks.

During these works it will stop/go traffic flow will lead to delays at the tie-ins to allow the pavement construction.

A BAM Iridium spokesperson said: 'We plan to keep these to a minimum and to keep the durations of the stop phase as short as possible.'

The road closure at the L7512 Pink Rock has been extended until June 2018.

The contractors have excavated in excess of 1,000,000 tonnes of material to date.

'We continue to excavate by controlled blasting in the Stokestown and Camblin areas and we have commenced recently in the Ryleen and Lacken area, as well as in the Ballymacar area. Mainline drainage works will be commencing in the coming weeks.'

Work is under way on what will be Ireland's longest bridge, the River Barrow Bridge, which will be officially named later this year or early next year.

887 metres long, it will cost over 85m to complete.

'All permanent foundations have now been constructed, with the work shifting to the pier stems on the west side of the river. There are number of temporary foundations required to support the falsework for the deck. Piling works to these temporary foundations is due to commence on the east side of the river this month, with work to the foundations following on.'

Structures for the rest of the project have moved on and the majority of accommodation underpasses and watercourse culverts are either completed or under construction at present.

'The bridge structures at Creacon and Ryleen have commenced. Arnestown will commence once the local roads are realigned to accommodate working space.

'Temporary traffic management operations are presently in place at our site accesses and at the following locations: N25 at Balymacar with associated 60km/h speed limit, L4026 Stokestown road, L8046-1 Creacon Upper, L4021 Arnestown road and L4008 Ryleen road.'

The construction of the foundations for the permanent piers to the River Barrow Bridge are now complete. This includes all the piling works and the construction of the main pier foundation to Pier 4 in the River Barrow itself.

The foundations to the temporary piers have commenced, with the temporary pier foundations on the Westside of the Barrow now complete and the piling for the temporary pier foundations on the eastside of the Barrow also complete.

The construction of the Bridge Pier stems has also commenced.

Currently Piers 1, 2 and 3 are under construction.

Upcoming works include finishes to the bridge at R733 and construction of retaining wall, accommodation underpasses, the installation of precast beams at Camblin, the installation of precast bridge elements at Creacon and Ryleen, earthworks: cut and fill and drainage, Barrow Bridge: pier stems, temporary piers and bridge deck and a road diversion on the N25 at Glenmore.

The bypass project will see a 14km ring road built around New Ross.

The new extradosed bridge will be the world's longest with a 300m wide section and will be a tourist attraction in itself.

The number of people employed directly on the project has risen over recent months to around 300 from 150 people in January, with numerous local sub contractors employed on the bypass, a BAM Iridium spokedperson said.

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