Irish Water, working in partnership with Sligo County Council, would like to advise the public that as part of the Sligo City Water Main Rehabilitation and Pearse Road Sewer Network Project Union Street will be closed to traffic from midnight tonight (Monday, October 23) until midnight on Monday, November 13 to facilitate the progression of the project. However, it is important to note that while traffic diversions will be in place, pedestrian access to the street will be maintained at all times to facilitate shopping and other business to take place.

Works are also due to commence on Connolly Street on Monday, November 6 until Friday, December 1. As part of this section of works Connolly Street will be closed to traffic between these dates with pedestrian access maintained at all times.

This project is being progressed by Ward & Burke Construction Limited on behalf of Irish Water with the road closure licence having being granted by Sligo County Council.

Works on both streets will be carried out from 7am to 7pm daily and will be completed in time for the busy Christmas period.

Irish Water would like to once again thank the business community, shoppers and the public at large for their continued co-operation while this essential project is progressed.

The Sligo City Water Main Rehabilitation and Pearse Road Sewer network Project involves the rehabilitation of approximately 8.7km of new water mains, the installation of 1.5km of foul and storm sewers in the Pearse Road area of Sligo City together with the installation of a petrol interceptor on John F Kennedy Parade. The project also includes the replacement of all service connections including any lead services encountered along the way.

This project will reduce leakage and improve the water supply service to householders and businesses in Sligo City.

The benefits in replacing water mains and sewer network include:

  • Improved security of supply – the replacement of the old water mains in poor condition with new water mains will reduce the number of bursts in these areas, thereby significantly reducing the level of disruption to customers,
  • Improved water quality – replacing the existing cast iron pipes with new plastic polyethylene pipes,
  • Reduced leakage – replacing the existing water mains will eliminate existing leaks dramatically reducing waste in the network.
  • Improved maintenance and operation – the project will deliver financial savings over the medium and long term, as there will be less maintenance costs associated with the upgraded pipeline.

The work sections will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on residents, businesses and road users. The works will involve some short-term water shut offs for a number of hours over a day or two in each area when the pipes are being connected to the system. The project team will ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area in advance and will be given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs. They will provide contact details should they have any queries. The project team will work closely with businesses to minimise any potential disruption and with An Garda Síochána to manage traffic while the works are underway.


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