Tuesday 18 June 2019

New roundabout opened

David Looby

The official opening of the Mountelliott roundabout took place on Wednesday.

Addressing a crowd in attendance, New Ross Municipal District cathaoirleach Cllr John Fleming said: 'We are privileged to have been allocated funding for not one, but two new roundabouts in New Ross, the Mountelliott roundabout and the Oakland's roundabout. The combined value of both is approximately €2,500,000 and funding was received from Transport Infrastructure Ireland.'

Cllr Fleming said the opening of the roundabout beside Mannion's pub was a cause for celebration, not only for the people of New Ross town, but also for those who travel into or through the town every day. 'These are the people for whom travelling to and from New Ross will now be a far better experience. The new roundabouts not only bring greater safety and improvements in traffic flow, but the quality of the finish on both roundabouts frame the entrance to the town and make it more visually appealing.'

Ronnie Basquill, Glen Jones and their team from Tramore House Regional Design Office, were in attendance and were praised for the design of the roundabouts.

David Walsh and Joe Whelan from David Walsh Civil Engineering who constructed the roundabout and Roger Smith of Dan Morrissey Ltd who carried out the surfacing works and all the subcontractors involved in both projects were also acknowledged, as was engineer George Walsh.

'While some traffic diversions and delays were unavoidable, every effort was made to reduce the need for them as much as possible. And I'm sure that looking at this superb piece of infrastructure today and of course the Oakland's roundabout too, most will admit that it was worth the wait. I acknowledge the patience of the businesses and commuters who were inconvenienced for a period of time, but for all the best reasons in the end. We are looking forward to a bright future for New Ross town and District once the bypass opens and the addition of Mountelliot and Oakland's roundabouts will enhance the experience of all.'

A new fruit and farm shop opened opposite Mannion's coinciding with the launch.

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