Rathdowney is braced to undergo months of roadworks, as a long awaited upgrade of the town’s sewerage system has met with solid rock, causing a delay.
Starting from the Conoboro bridge, roads will be closed in 100 metre stretches, with pipes laid up to 8 metres deep. Each section will be reinstated before moving on, with diversions around the town.
The delay is caused by ‘unforeseen circumstances’ according to the Laois County Council website.
“We hit a lot of rockand it took longer to get through. We can’t rock break at night because of the noise,” engineer Ken Boland explained.
“It will continue well into the new year. We met with local people today to work through the details of road closures. People understand the need for the upgrade, obviously they would prefer to do without the inconvenience, but in fairness they are very accepting,” he said.
Community rep Trevor Stanley welcomes the work.
“If we had had it ten years ago there would have been more development. Rathdowney missed out in the boom, it could barely cope with what it had,” he said.
The town’s new sewerage treatment plant is to begin operating in early December, more than doubling capacity for the town.
About 7,000 metres of new pipe will be laid, replacing smaller pipes, extending to include many houses on septic tanks, and allowing for development of land to the east and west over the next 20 years. It is part of a €20 million sewerage upgrade of six Laois towns.