The busy N80 national road through a Laois town closed unexpectedly on Friday morning.
The Main Street through Mountmellick, the route for east west traffic is undergoing roadworks but a truck also broke down beside them, forcing the temporary closure of the road on Friday morning, July 2.
Traffic had to be diverted down through the town, instead of turning at the T-Junction to Portlaoise. Multiple Gardaí were on the scene in the town centre.
Gardaí confirmed the details to the Leinster Express. MORE DETAILS BELOW LINK.
They expect the road to be reopened by lunchtime today.
Laois Offaly Garda Division has also issued a statement.
"Truck broken down on N80 through Mountmellick. Traffic delays to be expected. Small traffic diversion as you come into the town from Portlaoise."
The town which is often choked with passing traffic, has been waiting for a N80 bypass for decades and despite requests by Laois County Council, it is still not on the Government's national development plan as a priority.
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