Water works to disrupt traffic

by Gazette Reporter
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SWORDS is set to face weeks of traffic disruptions from the start of this month, Fingal County Council has revealed.
The council plans to carry out major water main laying works from Kettles Lane to the junction of Main Street and Malahide Road in Swords.
The eight-week programme will be carried out over three phases, and is scheduled to be fully completed by the end of May or early June 2013. The works are necessary to secure future water supply for the greater Swords area.
The first phase takes  place during the first week of April from Kettles Lane to the junction at Boroimhe, and will take place over three days.
Phase 2 will bring the works on to the Pinnock Hill roundabout with an estimated completion date of April 5, while Phase 3 is expected to begin on April 8. The third phase will bring the works from Pinnock Hill along Dublin Road as far as Swords Garda Station. This phase is set to continue for eight weeks and will require a one-way traffic system along Dublin Road with traffic not allowed to enter Swords from this direction.
“I think it’s going to cause a lot of disruption, but I think it’s one of those things that just has to be done,” said Cllr Darragh Butler (FF). “The message this time is that this isn’t just emergency work, that this is part of the solution that will ensure a more consistent  water supply and hopefully, in the long term, be less disruptive overall.”
Tony Lambert, chief executive of the Fingal Chamber of Commerce, also welcomed the works, reminding members of the public that all businesses will remain open in Swords.
“The businesses and residents of Swords must have a secure and reliable water supply, and the chamber welcomes this work but wants to ensure that people who live and work in the town and the many visitors coming to Swords can go about their business with minimum disruption,” he said.
Local traffic diversion signage will be in place for the duration of this project, and traffic management plans for access to and from Swords during the works are available at www.fingalcoco.ie/Water/EmergencyInformationUpdates.
Fingal County Council are apologising for any inconvenience caused by these diversions for the duration of the works: “this scheme is essential to improve water supply in the greater Swords area for the future.”

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