Ervia’s multi-utility project to provide gas, water and wastewater services to Nenagh continues to make significant progress, offering major social and economic benefits for local residents and businesses.
The €17 million project will see over 40km of gas pipelines laid, alongside 4.2km of water mains and 1.7km of wastewater mains.
Since last May, significant work has taken place to upgrade the wastewater system in the town, as well as the installation of new gas and water mains. Much of the wastewater work to date has taken place around the town centre, requiring careful management of traffic and other issues to ensure that the impact on local businesses and residents is minimised.
The main town centre element of the works is due to be completed shortly, with works due to finish on Martyr’s Road, Abbey Street and Friar Street by the end of March.
As Martyr’s Road is a significant link around the town centre, work taking place there has led to some additional traffic congestion in recent weeks. Ervia would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of this essential work and thank the businesses in the area for their co-operation and support during this time. In response to concerns raised by TCC and the business community, work was suspended in Summerhill pending completion of the work on Martyr’s Road. Ervia will continue to engage with local businesses to address any concerns they may have.
All large scale trench excavation works have also been completed for Kenyon St, Pearse St and Kickham St. New wastewater connections have been delivered to all businesses and residents on Kenyon Street, significantly helping to alleviate odour and flooding issues in that area of the town centre. New gas and water mains have also been installed as part of these works.
The next phase of the work will involve up to a 4m deep excavations on the Dublin Road to enable the laying of 400m of gas and wastewater mains. It is hoped this will get underway towards the end of March. Ervia are currently in discussions with Tipperary County Council and Nenagh Chamber of Commerce to identify the most appropriate method of carrying out these works while minimising the disruption to the business and the public and ensuring the safety of the works at all times. Subject to the granting of the necessary permits, it is estimated that construction of this phase of the work would be completed within 14-16 weeks. Such a deep excavation presents additional challenges for the construction team with the associated safety risks of deep excavations, protection of the trench, ground water conditions, the excavation and movements of a large volume of material from site.
As part of the proposed traffic management plan for this phase the project team are seeking to divert heavy goods vehicles entering Nenagh via the M7 from Dublin to Junction 25 and diverting cars on alternative routes. Extensive signage will be put in place and notices posted in local media to advise road users of alternative routes as the work progresses.
Brendan McDermott, Construction Manager, said:
"Acknowledging the support of local business owners and residents, Construction Manager, Brendan McDermott said: "We are approaching a very significant milestone in this project, with the main bulk of work around the town centre due to be completed shortly. We acknowledge that the scale of the works has resulted in disruption to businesses and road users in these areas and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result. However, we would also like to thank local residents and the business community for their patience and co-operation as we work to deliver this project which will have significant long term economic and social benefits for Nenagh."
"As we move onto the next phase of the project, particularly on the Dublin Road, we will continue to work closely with the Chamber of Commerce, the local community and Tipperary County Council to keep disruption to a minimum. Again we would like thank the people of Nenagh, the Nenagh businesses and especially the Abbey Court Hotel for their cooperation and support as we aim to complete the final element of the wastewater works."
To date the ERVIA project has installed 3 km of the planned 4.2 km of water main in the. Over the coming months it is planned to complete the installation of the remaining 1.2 km of water main while also completing the services connections to residential properties and businesses.
The ERVIA project team has installed 1.1 km of the planned 1.7 km of wastewater main in the town, all of which is serving residential properties and businesses. The remaining 600m is to complete Abbey Street Car Park, Friar Street and the Dublin Road link.
In addition to this, some 9.1km of gas mains have been laid in the town, providing residents and businesses in these areas with the opportunity to connect to the gas network.
Notes to Editors
Street closures will continue to be advertised by Tipperary County Council with alternative routes agreed and signposted. Details of street closures are also available on www.gasnetworks.ie/roadworks
Gas connections are available in the following locations:
• Limerick Rd (from Steream Entrance to Clare St)
• Clare St
• Yewston Estate (Partially only)
• St Conlan’s Rd (Cudville Junction to Proctor & Gamble)
• Ashe Road (Partially available in the centre section)
• O’Rahilly Street
• Melrose Est
• New Line
• Borrisokane Rd (As far as ABP Meats)
• Ormonde Street
• Church Road
• St Flannan’s Street
• Pearse Street
• Kenyon Street (Market Cross to Stafford Str Junction)
• Stafford Street Upper (From Silver Str to Arrabawn Co-Op)
• Silver Street (Partially from William Str Junction to Stafford Str Junction)
• William Street (Partially available)