Saturday 23 November 2019

Galway motorists to face months of traffic chaos

Road works
Road works

Caroline Crawford

Commuters in Galway are being warned to expect serious delays as one of the busiest routes in the city in reduced to one way traffic for two months.

The system will be put in place on Lough Atalia and College Road from today to facilitate the lowering of the road under the 19th century bridge, which is a protected structure.

Current height restrictions under the bridge meant tall vehicles could only pass under it by lining up directly under the highest point using the centre of the road. The bridge has been subject to considerable and repeated damage by high vehicles, with the local council stating it “was not an infrequent occurrence for vehicles to strike or get stuck under the bridge”.

“Significant damage to the bridge would leave the city centre without one of the four road routes pending repair and without its only railway station / terminal, if damage was of such consequence,” a statement from Galway city council said.

Works on the €2m project began last month and will now see the closure of the road underneath the Lough Atalia Railway Bridge for the next eight weeks. The road will be closed from the Fairgreen Road junction, beside the Radisson hotel, to the back entrance of Ceannt railway station.

Galway City Council said it was working with engineers to implement a traffic management plan to help reduce delays that can be expected during the road closure period.

This traffic management plan includes the introduction of a one-way system on Lough Atalia Road, Fairgreen Road and College Road.

The council said it would work towards closing Lough Atalia Road for the minimum length of time possible required to complete the works safely.

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