Irish Water information evening on proposed closure of Allenwood to Kilmeague road today

Replace ageing water main

Sarah Peppard

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Irish Water information evening on proposed closure of Allenwood to Kilmeague road today

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Irish Water will hold a public information evening today (March 28) on the proposed closure of the Allenwood to Kilmeague road.

It will be held in Ballyteague GAA Club from 4pm to 8pm.

Irish Water want to replace a 40-year-old 3.5km water main on the road between the village, and Allenwood Cross, on the R415, that is prone to bursting, affecting around 3,750 properties.

Irish Water say the pipe can burst up to five times a year.

They say it is a “vital” six month project costing €1.1m that will significantly improve local water supply for Kilmeague, Robertstown, Prosperous, Allenwood, Derrinturn, Carbury and surrounding environs.

The works are planned to take place over a six month period.

Irish Water told the Leader that the proposed road closure is for a period of up to three months (April 16 to July 20 approximately) and the road will be kept open at nighttime and weekends.

Central to this decision is that the road is too narrow to carry out the work without the road closure for health and safety reasons and the closure will enable the work to be carried out within a shorter time frame.

A stop/go system will be put in place during the works from July 20 to September 10.

Irish Water has proposed a detour route along the R403 and R409 which is the shortest route available that is suitable for the volume of HGV’s using this route.

At the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District meeting last Wednesday (March 21) Cllr Mark Stafford said 140 local businesses and houses are affected by the proposed closure.

Fianna Fáil’s Murty Aspell said: “I hope that when the public meeting goes ahead the views and thoughts of locals are taken on board.”