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Monday 24 September 2018

Six months for Mount Elliott roundabout

David Looby

The new Mount Elliott roundabout is due to cost €1m and to be open to traffic in February.

Work began on the roundabout in a field owned by Frank Mannion in early July, but because of builder's holidays progress was delayed for a fortnight.

Senior roads officer with Wexford County Council Noel O'Driscoll said clearance works have been carried out to date.

The 'three-leg' roundabout will be set back and at an angle from the approach roads to ensure traffic slows down at the approach.

Storm water piping was laid along the Ferry Bridge road for 60 metres last week causing major traffic diversions.

Mr O'Driscoll said: 'The pipeline goes along the edge of the road. We don't anticipate many more significant diversions. There will be some tie-ins with existing road legs, as there was with the Oaklands roundabout when it was being built, which will lead to some delays.'

Mr O'Driscoll said every effort will be made to reduce the need for traffic diversions and delays, adding that work is due to be completed on the roundabout by mid-February.

'We will have some cosmetic stuff to do afterwards but it should be open to traffic by then, subject to the weather,' Mr O'Driscoll said.

David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd were awarded the contract and the paving of the roundabout will be carried out by Carlow company Dan Morrissey Limited. Transport Infrastructure Ireland's decision to fund two major roundabouts in quick succession surprised many. Mr O'Driscoll said New Ross was doubly fortunate to get funding for the two roundabouts. He said the Mount Elliott roundabout will compliment the bypass, leading to less traffic from the Enniscorthy side in to New Ross via the new roundabout. He expects most drivers to use the roundabout at Corcoran's Cross and to enter New Ross via the Ballymacar junction.

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