30 June 2017 Go back to News
Site investigation works begin on sewerage network upgrade project in Wicklow Town
Irish Water and Wicklow County Council are working in partnership to carryout out a sewerage network upgrade project along Marlton Road and Abbey Street in Wicklow Town. During this phase of the project it will be necessary for Whiteford Geoservices Limited working on behalf of Irish Water to carry out site investigation works on approximately 1km of sewer network along Marlton Road and Abbey Street. The works will include a number of trenches and bore holes along Marlton Road and Abbey Street between St Patrick’s Road and Wentworth Place.
The site investigation work is being carried out to facilitate the project team in the design phase of the project. Once the overall project is completed it will address network issues and reduce flooding in the area. This investment is required as the current wastewater infrastructure is currently under capacity for the area which can cause extensive flooding and the project will support future development in Wicklow Town.
It is planned that the site investigation works will commence on Monday 3 July, 2017. Irish Water expects these works to last for approximately six weeks and the works will be carried out (Monday - Friday) from 8:00am to 6:00pm. To minimise disruption on Abbey Street it may be necessary to carry out works outside of these hours. In advance of the works taking place the project team have notified the local community and provided them with project contact details should they have any queries.
During the works a stop/go traffic system will be in place and local access will be maintained at all times. Irish Water and Wicklow County Council apologise for any inconvenience caused by these essential works. This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment in Ireland’s wastewater infrastructure. Between 2014 and 2015, Irish Water invested €166m in Ireland’s wastewater infrastructure, an increase of 22% from 2011 to 2013. From 2016 – 2021, the remaining period of the Irish Water Business Plan, the utility is ramping up investment to spend an average of €326m per year on wastewater infrastructure.