By Suzanne Pender
WORK on resurfacing the centre of Tullow is to begin next week but will take place at night, Carlow County Council has confirmed.
The resurfacing project is expected to run until mid-October, with the work scheduled to take place at night to minimise disruption to the town centre.
At last Thursday’s meeting of Tullow Municipal District, cllr William Paton welcomed the resurfacing project, describing it as a “once in a generation works”. He pointed out that its completion will mean that the entire road surface through the centre of Tullow from Coppenagh to Loughmartin will have been completely renewed.
“This will mean there will be no road works in Tullow for the next 30 years, unless Irish Water screw up, and if they do come to us, we’ll be telling them where to go and what to do with it,” insisted cllr Paton.
Area engineer Pat Harrington confirmed that the work was set to begin on the night of Monday 21 September.
“At the end of the day, we have come a long way from the way we were and what we’ll end up with is a safer and more pleasant environment for people to work and live in,” he assured.
Cllr John Pender raised the issue of recent work on footpaths at Bridge Street and the traffic chaos it had caused. “There was a lot of anger from people at the time, coinciding as it did with harvest time,” he said.
He pointed out that no sooner was that work done than the street was being “ripped up again” and sought assurances that this would not be repeated.