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Rush Public Information evening on planned road closures
Drop-in Public Information evening in the Rush Community Centre on Thursday, 31 August on the planned road closure on the R128
Irish Water is investing €9.7 million in the Rush wastewater collection project which will benefit over 9,000 residents, tourists and the environment in Rush and will significantly improve the bathing water at South Beach Rush, North Beach and Harbour Road Beach by stopping the discharge of untreated wastewater (sewage) into the sea. At present approximately 75% of sewage generated in Rush discharges untreated into the Irish Sea. The next step in the project requires an upgrade of the sewer network along the R128 and will require a phased road closure which has been submitted to Fingal County Council for approval. The phased road closure will take place from Monday, 11 September to Friday, 24 November, 2017.
Irish Water will host a Drop-in Public Information Evening in Rush Community Centre on Thursday, 31 August from 4pm-8pm. The project team will be in attendance to outline the phased closure of the road and to answer any queries members of the community might have. The foul sewer currently in place along the R128 is sub-standard and under capacity. This sewer surcharges in periods of high rainfall discharging raw sewage onto the road and adjacent waterways. The most recent event was 14 August 2017 after a period of heavy rainfall. The new pipe upgrade will eliminate this problem.
The works along R128 the will be constructed in 7 phases. The first phase of the works will require a Stop/Go single lane closure to be in place. The remaining 6 phase of works are at a much deeper depth as the sewer is located 4.5 metres underground and will require 160 metres of road to close at a time as works advance through the phases. Pedestrian and cycle access will be available throughout for the duration of the works.
Event: Drop-in Public Information Evening (Rush Town Wastewater Collection Network– R128 Road Closure)
Location: Rush Community Centre
Date: 31 August, 2017
Time: 4.00pm and 8.00pm
Throughout the works at least one of the entrances to Golden ridge will be available for use. Unfortunately due to the programme of works of the project, these works could not have been commenced until the pumping station and Palmer Road/Chapel Green works were completed. These works are almost complete enabling the Skerries Road works to commence. Concerns have been expressed about an increase in traffic on the Palmer Road during these works affecting both St. Maurs GAA and Gael Scoil Ros Eo. It is proposed to provide a Stop/Go traffic management system at school peak times to better manage traffic flows. Local access only signage will also be erected along the road.
Free shuttle bus service
Two free shuttle bus services with a capacity to match demand will be operating for the duration of the works. Both buses will run for the duration and schedule of the Dublin Bus Service 7 days a week and will pick up and drop off passengers at all the Dublin Bus stops along the route as requested. There will be no connection to the Night Link Service.
Shuttle 1: The bus to take people to Lusk for connection with their regular Dublin Bus Service and return them to Rush on their return. The bus will operate from the Skerries Road at Rush to Station Road in Lusk also serving Rush/Lusk Train Station on the route.
Shuttle 2: It will run from the works area on the Loughshinney side (this will change depending on the work phase) to Loughshinney cross to link up with the Dublin Bus service.
The emergency services have been notified of the proposed road closure. As works progress and sections are completed and other sections opened up the emergency services are notified of these changes by the project team and revised maps forwarded on allowing them to manage their responses should an emergency arise.
The Rush Wastewater Collection Project includes the construction of the new infrastructure to collect and transfer wastewater from existing outfalls and overflows to the foreshore and onwards to the new wastewater treatment plant at Portrane. New pumping stations have been constructed at South Shore, North Beach and East Shore, Rush. The project will improve the bathing water quality at South Beach in Rush and improve the capacity of the network for the future development of Rush.
Residents and members of the community are invited to attend the drop-in public information evening to meet with the project team on the road closure or the project team can also be contacted on 087-1127326.