UPDATE: Months of roadworks have begun at a busy N80 junction in a Laois town

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

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Smith's Corner Mountmellick.

Roadworks that will last for months have started at one of the busiest junctions in a Laois town.

The N80 t-junction in Mountmellick beside Glanbia, known locally as Smiths Corner, is unavoidable for heavy trucks and traffic and now daytime drivers are facing a one way system and roadworks lasting until May. 

Pedestrians too will have to contend with closed off sections of footpaths during the works.

The works began on Monday February 11 and will last until the first week in May according to the construction company's notice to traders.

Laois County Council has engaged THMGroup to dig up the road and paths to place underground electrical cables, to remove all poles from the area.

"This closure will make the traffic route from Glanbia towards Portlaoise closed but will give access from Irishtown to Glanbia. The footpath on the closed side of this works will be closed in sections as work progresses," THMGroup have said in an notice issued to nearby businesses.

"These works are to provide services for undergrounding of overhead electrical cables. It includes road crossings, footpath excavations and connections to houses as this will eliminate overhead cables and all ESB poles on footpath. These works will also provide an upgraded public lighting system on this route," the company said.

On February 12, Laois County Council issued a notice to say how long the one way system will last.

"The N80 lane closed (outbound from Mountmellick towards Irishtown) lane will be reopened every evening at 6pm until 8am the next morning".

It runs from Pearse street to the new roundabout at Irishtown, on the Portlaoise road.

It will be closed from Monday to Friday until March 8, and from 8am until 6pm. 

They say any objections or observations can be emailed to: tmadden@laoiscoco.ie, nsweeney@laoiscoco.ie or fnasiem@laoiscoco.ie

Mountmellick traders have asked for customers to continue to visit during the works, including O Hóráin's shop and the Paint Store.