7 November 2017 Go back to News
Skerries Road sewer network upgrades completed ahead of schedule
Skerries Road will reopen to traffic on Friday, 10 November from 10am and Dublin Bus will resume service from 1pm.
Irish Water is pleased to confirm it has completed works ahead of schedule to upgrade the sewer network along the Skerries Road (R128). The work will stop the flow of untreated sewage along the road in times of heavy rainfall. Irish Water thanks residents and road users for the patience and understanding while the road closure was in place to carry out this vital work.
The road will reopen to traffic on Friday, 10 November at 10am and Dublin Bus services will resume from 1.00pm. Throughout the road closure Irish Water organised a free shuttle bus to connect residents for the duration of the phased road closure along the Skerries Road (R128) to Rush, Loughshinny and Skerries.
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 foul sewer that was in place along the R128 was sub-standard and under capacity. This sewer surcharged in periods of high rainfall discharging raw sewage onto the road and adjacent waterways. The new pipe upgrade has eliminated this problem.
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.