Tipperary County Council’s Winter Maintenance Schedule 2016/17.
Priority 1 Routes (Red) – Priority 2 Routes (Blue).
The winter maintenance period lasts from mid October to the end of April each year. Tipperary County Council are constantly striving to improve its winter maintenance service; however, neither the local authority nor Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) (formerly the NRA) has a statutory obligation to pre-salt roads. The aim, however, is to keep priority roads safe and as free as possible from wintry hazards.
Having regard to the Council’s resources in terms of finance, equipment and staffing levels and to maximise benefit to road users, winter maintenance of roads in Tipperary is prioritised on the following basis:-
Priority 1: M7 Motorway, M8 Motorway, National Roads, and Regional Roads of strategic importance, e.g. Expressway Bus routes, access to Train and Bus Depots, Hospitals, Ambulance routes, and Fire Stations.
Priority 2: Regional Roads with high volume of traffic using the road and access to major schools and industries.
Priority 3: Other regional roads, town streets and local county roads are on a priority basis.
(In extreme weather events Priority 1 routes will take precedence over Priority 2 routes in terms of allocation of available resources).
The Council has a quid pro quo agreements with Waterford, Limerick, and Kilkenny County Councils to treat routes in each other’s areas to increase efficiency of treatment routes and have three storage barns with a total capacity of approx 2,700 tonnes of salt, which is sufficient to treat a 5 day snow event. Eleven crews are rostered to pre-salt Priority 1 and Priority 2 Routes (approx. 1,010 Km) before the onset of expected icy conditions. These spreaders can have snow blades fitted in the event of snow.
It is common for a variance in road temperatures to occur across the county, which may result in only some of the routes being pre-treated on any particular night.
In the event of dangerous road conditions i.e. black ice, white frost, snow, flooding, muck or any other unscheduled and therefore hazardous condition, the responsibility remains for the road user to drive at an appropriate speed with all due care and attention and in accordance with all prevailing conditions.
Remember Tipperary County Council are not responsible for any accidents that may occur as a result of poor driving conditions.
A decision has been made (Under the Temporary Closing of Roads Act, 1993-2015, [section 75 of the roads act 1993] roads regulations, 1994), by Tipperary County Council to close the Thurles to Templemore Road (N62) at Kilkillahara, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
This closure is necessary to facilitate road resurfacing works and same will come into effect from 06.00hrs on Monday 21st November 2016, until 18.00hrs on Friday 2nd December 2016.
Northbound traffic will be diverted at the Thurles Link Road (Jimmy Doyle Road) via the R498 to Borrisoleigh and the R501 Borrisoleigh to Templemore road, with Southbound traffic being diverted vice versa.
Local access only will be fully facilitated during this period and Tipperary County Council regret any inconvenience which may be caused.
A collision between two motor vehicles on the Ballinure Road, near Thurles, in Co. Tipperary this evening, resulted in five children being hospitalised.
The collision is understood to have occurred at about 6.00pm and thankfully resulted in no fatalities.
One ambulance was called to the scene and the children were brought to hospital, only as a precautionary measure with their injuries being described as not serious.
Following an accident investigation the road has now been reopened.
Most regrettably, yet another fatal road traffic accident has occurred at Ballykisteen, Co. Tipperary, bringing to 14 the number of people who have died on Tipperary’s roads, so far this year.
Gardaí today continue to investigate a collision that occurred on the N24, Limerick Road close to Ballykisteen, Co Tipperary, at approximately 8.00pm last night. The collision involved a male pedestrian, aged 23 years, who suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a moving vehicle. The pedestrian was rushed to University Hospital Limerick, where he was later pronounced dead. No other injuries were reported and no arrests were made, while a post mortem is expected to be carried out shortly.
This morning the N24 currently remains closed at Ballykisteen to facilitate Garda Forensic Collision Investigators, with diversions in place at Monard and Barnstown Cross.
Gardaí are also appealing for any witnesses with information, particularly those travelling on the N24 in the area last night between 7.45pm and 8.15pm. Same are asked to contact Tipperary Garda Station on Tel 062 80670, or the Garda confidential Line, Tel 1800 666111 or indeed any Garda station.
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A new review of speed limits covering all 5 thousand kilometres of roads across Co. Tipperary are expected to go on public display from next Wednesday, October 19th, 2016.
This review undertaken by Mr Marcus O’Connor (Tipperary Director of Services, Local Authority Roads Section), is in accordance with Section 9 of the Road Traffic Act 2004.
Draft Tipperary County Council Road Traffic Special Speed Limit Bye-Laws 2017; (same having been prepared to include proposals to reduce speed limits in all housing estates to 30 kilometres an hour), will be available for inspection during normal office hours, [9.30 a.m. to 4.30 pm, excluding Bank Holidays], from Wednesday 19th October to Friday 18th November 2016 (both dates inclusive), at the following locations: –
Templemore-Thurles Municipal District Office, Slievenamon Road, Thurles.
Nenagh Municipal District Office, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh.
Clonmel Borough District Office, Civic Offices, Emmet Street, Clonmel.
Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Office, New Street, Carrick-on-Suir.
Cashel-Tipperary Municipal District Office, Rosanna Road, Tipperary Town.
All Draft Bye-Laws and accompanying maps will also be available to view online during this time period.
Any future submissions/observations on these same Draft Bye-Laws can be made by the public: –
(A) By completing a submission form to go online at www.tipperarycoco.ie.
(B) By post marked “Tipperary County Council Traffic Speed Limit Bye-Laws” to Administrative Officer, Roads Section, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
Note: The latest date for receipt of submissions & observations regarding proposed Bye-Laws, will remain strictly Friday 18th November 2016 at 4.30pm.