WORKS to realign the most notorious section of the N24 road between Waterford and Carrick-on-Suir will be phased into the overall plan for the route between Waterford and Cahir, local Councillors have been told.
Two days after the public consultation phase for the Waterford to Cahir proposal concluded, concerns were raised about the fate of the Piltown/Fiddown Bypass & Tower Road works at June’s Piltown Municipal District meeting.
In response to queries from District Chair Pat Dunphy (FG) and Cllr Eamon Aylward, Area Engineer Stan Bergin told the meeting: “In relation to the Tower Road (project), there is no indication that it won’t go ahead. The design is being looked at to facilitate the N24 road if that becomes a dual carriageway so it shouldn’t interfere with the prospect of it being delivered anyway but there is no indication as of yet that there is any risk to that project not going ahead.”
The long-spoken-of proposal includes a new overpass on the N24, the removal of the current Tower Road roundabout and a new roundabout north west of Piltown’s Water Tower.
It also envisages the creation of a 750-metre link road linking the ‘Ink Bottle’ junction to the Tower Road junction which would facilitate the closure of the current Ink Bottle junction. The section of the N24 either side of the junction, which is currently laid out in a 2+1 lane carriageway, would be replaced by a 2+2 carriageway for 1.8 kilometres.
Improved public lighting, cyclist and pedestrian facilities and necessary ancillary works would also be conducted to facilitate the project.
Said Cllr Aylward: “The fear in the back of my mind is with the N24 being progressed to route selection that the TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) or the Department might shelve these projects. I certainly hope that doesn’t happen and that the (Tower Road) project can be tied into the (overall N24) process because we all know about the issues associated with that road.”
Cllr Dunphy commented: “I think we’ll just have to keep on to the Department about this because the scheme has been dragging on for quite a while now.”
Meanwhile, the design of the proposed new route for the N24 bypass of Mooncoin is almost complete according to Mr Bergin. He added: “It’s expected that planning and CPO (Compulsory Purchase Order) will be submitted in early July.”