Irish Water has promised to minimise traffic disruptions during a big water project in Mountmellick.
Work has started replacing pipes and connections in the town with the project set to run until June 2019.
The utility says a traffic management will be in place during this time with stop/go arrangements or temporary traffic lights in place on Pearse Street as required.
It says a diversion for southbound (Portlaoise) traffic will be in operation for the section of works on Pearse Street between the junction with Parnell Street and Irishtown roundabout. This will operate via Parnell Street/Sarsfield Street turning onto Connolly Street and then to Irishtown. Northbound traffic layout will remain as normal.
A local road closure is required for a number of days on Church Street from the junction with Pearse Street to the junction with O’Connell Square. The local community affected will be directly notified in advance of the closure. There may be local diversions in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
Irish Water says it has planned the works in short sections to limit the impact on water supply. Works may involve some short-term water shut-offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.
Commenting on the works, Joe Carroll said: "Irish Water understands this type of work can be inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause."