Despite Covid, essential road, building works continue

Although all construction sites closed from Friday evening last, work on a number of major projects are continuing in the north west.

It’s because the ‘repair, maintenance and construction of critical transport and utility infrastructure’ comes under the category of limited exceptions.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has determined that all TII-funded construction projects are considered critical transport infrastructure.

However, decisions on the continuation of individual construction projects or elements of construction projects are being made on a case-by-case basis.

Sligo County Council says that having considered the key and critical strategic nature of the on-going works
associated with the N4-N15 Sligo Urban Improvement Scheme in an outdoor environment, it has decided that construction may continue, in compliance with all Covid-19 rules.

In relation to the next phase of these works, the council says the main focus of construction works will now move to works at the junctions of the N4 dual carriageway / R870 Markievicz Road and N4 dual carriageway / Duck Street Junctions.

Substantial works will take place over the next number of weeks at these two junctions and will include significant service crossings and diversions.

The council adds that the works will require extensive and significant traffic management measures.

However, the council says the very low traffic levels as a result of the Level 5 restrictions will help in reducing delay and disruption to traffic.

Social Housing projects which meet certain criteria are also excluded from the closure of construction sites.

Such projects must be scheduled for completion by 28th February 2021.

Two Sligo County Council social housing projects meeting the criteria in Sligo are a 28-house Scheme at Knappagh Beg, Strandhill Road, Sligo and Phase 1 of the Cranmore Regeneration Refurbishment Scheme.