Newbridge Wastewater Upgrade

Wastewater Project

Irish Water is upgrading the wastewater infrastructure in Newbridge to reduce overflows into the River Liffey.

Irish Water is upgrading the wastewater infrastructure in Newbridge as part of the Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme Sallins, Clane, Naas and Kill are served by a wastewater network which is no longer fit for purpose. This can cause overflows and flooding during storms. Irish Water is investing over €38 million to solve the problem and to provide additional capacity for future growth in these towns. Coffey Construction Limited is working on behalf of Irish Water to deliver these works.

Irish Water is working proactively with our delivery partners and as part of a multi-agency working group to ensure that our construction works are carried out in a controlled and safe manner, in keeping with Government and HSE guidelines to protect workers, their families and the broader community.

In Progress

What is happening in Newbridge?

Irish Water is working in partnership with Kildare County Council to upgrade and replace the sewers in several locations in Newbridge. To date, works have taken place along Military Road/Athgarvan Road, Páirc Mhuire Estate, R445/Edward Street. Works will progress along the R445 over the coming weeks.

As part of the next phase of works (Phase 14) construction will continue along the Moorefield Road up to the Green Road/Moorefield Road Junction. To facilitate these works a road closure will be required. While no through traffic is possible during these necessary works pedestrian access will be maintained at all times in all directions of the works & local access via selected routes will be maintained. The road closure will be in place from:

  • Phase 14: Road closure at R445/Morristown Road/Green Road junction:

7pm 9th June 2021 – 7am 10th June 2021.

7pm 10th June 2021 – 7am 11th June 2021.

14th June until 21st June 2021.

  • Phase 15: Tie in works will be required at R445/Green Road junction. It is expected that the majority of this work will take place in green area of Moore Park.

We will endeavour to keep you updated as the project progresses

What are the benefits of this project?

  • The sewer network will have more capacity, which will facilitate future growth and economic development
  • Treated wastewater will be cleaner and will meet all regulatory requirements, which will help Ireland avoid substantial EU penalties
  • The number of emergency overflows to the River Liffey will be significantly reduced from approximately 12 per year to one per year, weather dependent
  • There will be a reduced risk of flooding in Newbridge, including Páirc Mhuire and Upper Moorefield Road

Why are these works necessary?

The existing wastewater network is no longer fit for purpose. The system doesn’t have sufficient capacity to move wastewater to the treatment plant during storms, and some of the pipes are old and ready for replacement.

There have been storm water overflows at a number of locations, which does not comply with European legislation or Environmental Protection Agency requirements. To increase the capacity of the network we are upgrading three pumping stations and upgrading and replacing existing sewers to ensure they are large enough and in good condition.

Stakeholder Engagement

rish Water are continuing to engage with residents and businesses in the local area in order to minimise disruption. Our community liaison officer is available to take any queries on 086 387 7875.

Traffic Management Plans

Westbound vehicles travelling on the R445 out of Newbridge will divert down Military Road (L4079) to the Athgarvan junction where traffic will turn right onto the Athgarvan Road (R416). At the Hall Road/Athgarvan Road junction traffic will turn right and continue up the Hall Road to the Green Road where traffic will turn right and return onto the R445.

Eastbound vehicles travelling on the R445 towards Newbridge Town Centre will divert right down Green Road, at the junction of the Green Road/Curragh Grange Road traffic will turn left and continue down the Hall Road to the Athgarvan Road where traffic will turn left onto the Athgarvan Road (R416) and continue to the Military Road/Athgarvan Road junction where traffic will turn left onto Military Road and return onto the R445.

Diversionary routes will be clearly signposted, as agreed with the Council and An Garda Síochána. Emergency access and restricted local access will be maintained.