Laois County Council explains reason for roadworks in Portlaoise

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Busy Portlaoise road resurfaced for second time in one year after 'materials failed'

Busy Portlaoise road resurfaced for second time in one year after 'materials failed'

Disruptions caused on a busy stretch of road in Portlaoise town this week is the result of failed resurfacing works last year.

A section of the busy N80 road at James Fintan Lawlor Avenue is being resurfaced this week for the second time in less than one year due to ‘a section of material that failed’.

Engineer in Laois County Council, Tadhg Madden, said the current resurfacing work is not costing the council.

"No payment was made to the contractor. Defective work is currently being repaired. When Laois County Council is satisfied with the work the contractor will be paid," he said.

“The weather was very cold last year but it is down to the materials, it has to be done at night because it is such a busy road,” Mr Madden added.

When asked if Laois County Council will review its tendering and contracting process to prevent this from happening in the future, Mr Madden said a robust system is already in place.

"Laois County Council has a robust system in place whereby all contractors are assessed on a yearly basis as per national guidelines," Mr Madden said.

The N80 at James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise is closed this week from 7:00 pm to 06:00 am daily.

The work is expected to be completed by Friday, September 14.

The busy junction where the R445 and N80 separate at St. Peter & Paul’s Church, Portlaoise is operating without road markings.

See pictures below.