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Long Awaited Upgrade To Liberty Square, Thurles Began Today

Long Awaited Upgrade To Liberty Square got underway today.
Picture G. Willoughby.

Work began today on the long awaited revamping of Liberty Square here in Thurles, with the much needed enhancement work being undertaken by David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd.

This proposed work is expected to include the reconfiguration of the existing road structure; extended footpaths; shared accesses; together with associated drainage; ducting and other necessary ancillary works.

Monday, August 24th is expected to see the completion of some 87 car park spaces being provided in the new south-side carpark which is nearing completion. Same can be accessed off Liberty Square following the demolition of Griffins newsagents’ shop, granting an entrance between “Costcutters Supermarket” building and “Healthy Haven” on the southside and via Slievenamon Road on the westside.

This extensive work being undertaken on Liberty Square is expected to take some 12 months to finally complete, operating in a phased manner.

Upgrade on Liberty Square, Thurles begins.
Picture G. Willoughby.

The initial stage of works just begun today will involve the installation of drainage and service ducting along the centre of the existing road between the O’Donovan Rossa Street / Slievenamon Road and Barry’s (Butler) castle.

Under the first phase, the area to be developed will be between the Bank of Ireland and Slievenamon Road, thus allowing for two-way traffic to be maintained, with car parking space removal kept to a minimum.

Under the second phase, work will be undertaken between Bank of Ireland and Barry’s castle. Here it will be necessary to close the N75 road in both directions through the square following a statutory advertisement process.
Here, diversion routes will be provided and clearly posted. These works will be carried out at night-time between 8:00pm and 7:00am with the road fully re-opened during the day.

All going well, these works are expected to last over a two week time period. This road closure period is anticipated to begin on Monday, September 7th, ending on Sunday, September 21st 2020, with the both phases of the work expected to take six weeks to complete.

The next phase of the works will commence from the south east corner of Liberty Square, from Barry’s castle moving westwards along the south side of Liberty Square, again in a phased manner.
Here businesses and pedestrians must expect necessary disruptions, as work on the footpaths is completed, moving past existing, individual entrances and exits.

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