Sunday 16 June 2019

Traffic disrupted as wide load is moved to Ballaghaderreen plant

The wide load being loaded on to the back of the truck. Pic: Donal Hackett
The wide load being loaded on to the back of the truck. Pic: Donal Hackett

There was major traffic disruption last Thursday as a wide load was being moved from Sligo to Ballaghaderreen via Charlestown.

The load, which was understood to be headed for the Aurivo plant in Ballaghaderreen, departed Ballast Quay shortly after 9pm on Thursday evening.

The vehicle travelled via Ballast Quay, the Inner Relief Road/Dual carriageway along the N4 to Collooney and the N17 from Toberbride Roundabout to Charlestown, and then the N5 Charlestown to Ballaghaderreen.

There was major traffic disruption along routes on which the vehicle was travelling, with Gardai also assisted in the move while the load was in transit.

The road between Cloonacurra and Curry on the N17 was the worst affected, as this section of road is narrow and traffic was not able to pass by the loads.

Traffic was forced to give way at various locations along the N17 and remain parked 'off-road' until the load passed, causing delays along the affected routes.

It's believed the load contained a drier, which is connected to Aurivo's €26 million investment in their production facility in Ballaghderreen, a development which will create a modern, state-of-the-art production facility that will boost capacity at the facility by 50%.

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