THE town centre area of Leixlip cannot be avoided when contractors start work on a major upgrading of the Leixlip Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Access to the plant is gained through Black Avenue and despite some complaints in the past, Kildare County Council said it is not aware of complaints about vehicles in “recent times.”
Work is due to begin in October/November, Leixlip Town Council was told at its July 3 meeting.
The contract is expected to last up to three years. The scheme, the Lower Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade, aims to upgrade the existing Leixlip WWTP from 80,000 population equivalent to its ultimate capacity of 150,000. But traffic coming to and from the plant has led to complaints in the past and recently Cllr. Colm Purcell asked if the heavy traffic could not be rerouted the back way via Lucan.
The Council said that will not happen and that an approach route via the Black Avenue was the one included in the Environmental Impact Statement approved by Bord Pleanala for upgrade works in June 2006.
Gerry Halton, a senior Council official, said that any other approach routes, including via the eastern entrance to St. Catherine’s Park/Tinkers Hill/Lucan would not eliminate use of the amenities and walking routes in the area.
However, a traffic management plan will be in place and talks will take place with the contractor with a view to minimising the problems.
Kildare County Council currently has sent staff to work at the plant from Monday to Friday with three doing short time on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to staff there is “a average minimum of 12 truck loads entering and leaving the plant day from Monday to Friday.”
Mr. Halton said there are generally no truck movements at the weekends and all drivers are urged to drive with care in the area.
Regarding the condition of the avenue, he said KCC spent around E50,000 resurfacing and putting traffic control ramps in the avenue. In 2010 another E35,000 was spent on the avenue road.