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West Bound Traffic Delays In Thurles Over Next Three Months

Further traffic congestion and delays expected in Thurles town west

More Thurles traffic congestion can be expected, over the next 12 weeks, as works are expected to begin on Monday next with the laying of a new water main system on Abbey Road in the town, according to Tipperary County Council officials.

With this in mind, motorists and other road users have been advised that there will be major traffic disruption in that area, as a result of this new work, necessary to be carried out.

This work is expected to also include the construction of the delayed new ‘raised roundabout‘ on the R-660 at Abbey Road, Thurles, on the junction of the entrances to Lidl Supermarket and the Kennedy Park housing estate.

Funding for this ‘raised roundabout’ of some €75,000, had already been announced by local Cllr. Michéal Lowry, back in late January 2019. Same work had been delayed, we understand, in anticipation of the planned laying of this new water mains project.

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Will NASA SpaceX Rocket Be Visible Over Tipperary Tonight?

This evenings cloudless sky could mean that residents of Ireland should be able to view the NASA SpaceX rocket as it soar across our skies tonight.

Of course this launch will depend on the weather in Florida, but hopefully the rocket will launch at 8:22pm Irish time, with two astronauts on board.

If all goes according to plan viewers should be able to view the Falcon 9 rocket under the moon, in the south-west some ten to fifteen minutes later.

The Falcon 9 rocket will take off from launchpad 39A at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida and journey to the International Space Centre.

Take Note: If the SpaceX rocket decided for one reason or another to abort after its anticipated take off this evening, it could land off the west coast of our Emerald Isle.

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Road Maintenance Begins Tomorrow On Cathedral Street, Thurles

Road Maintenance on N75 at Cathedral Street Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Photo G. Willoughby

A Quick Reminder: Tipperary County Council wish to inform the public, and have indeed confirmed on their website that there will be a “Stop / Go System” in place operating on Cathedral Street, Thurles (N75), from 7:00am to 7:00pm from tomorrow Monday, May 25th, 2020, to Friday May 29th, inclusive, to facilitate resurfacing works.

Traffic Management will be in place, but delays can be expected.

Note: All on-street parking is no longer permitted at this location for the duration of this work being carried out.

Tipperary County Council appreciate your co-operation and apologise for the inconvenience caused, during the period of this disruption.

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Road Surface Conditions In Thurles No Longer Acceptable

“For a ha’porth of tar, (halfpenny worth) the ship was lost.”

Tipperary County Council continue to waste tax payers money.

A public road crater, situated in the middle of the road, approximately 457 metres (500 yards) from the Thurles Municipal District Council offices, latter situated on Mathew Avenue, Thurles; went unnoticed by council engineers, council officials, local elected district councillors and other Thurles Municipal District members of staff, over the past week.

This morning, workers went about filling this crater, together with a vast array of other Thurles potholes, using their weekly quota of cold tarmac; placing same on top of water puddles. Next Thursday they will be back to fill them all up once again.

However, this particular crater in question; situated at the top of Friar Street, east of the railway bridge in the town, will cost Tipperary County Council or Thurles Municipal District Council a little more than five shovels of cold tarmac (we as residents do not know ‘who’ in council circles are actually responsible for ‘what’ nowadays).

This morning, early vehicle drivers, travelling to work, struck this crater, resulting in 5 vehicles having tyres blown out, damaging not just their vehicles tyre walls, but also wheel rims.

On February 18th 2020 last the Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council Mr Joe MacGrath took time out on local radio to state that he was ‘encouraged’ by this year’s funding allocation for road improvements with a total of €43 million available for roads in Co. Tipperary this year; an increase of 77% since 2016.

Mr MacGrath went on to say that this was “a cause for optimism for road infrastructure in Tipperary.” (Sorry, it has not done much for Thurles urban roads Mr MacGrath.)

What Mr MacGrath failed to state on radio was the cost of compensation paid to Tipperary motorists, latter who claimed for damages to their respective motor vehicles due to unacceptable road surface conditions, since 2016.

While 4 of the tyres damaged today will cost around €75 Euros, (including fitting and tracking), a tyre on the 5th victim’s car was a ‘Premium Tyre’, costing €170 Euros, not readily available to purchase and has now to be placed on special order.

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Neglected Thurles Roads Flooded Due To Storm Dennis

Mill Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

A Status Yellow rain and wind warning by Met Éireann remains in place for the entire country as Storm Dennis bring wet and very windy weather to Tipperary, over this weekend and into next Monday.

A severe wind warning for the whole of the county was issued yesterday, from 3:00am today Saturday, 15th February 2020 until 8:00pm tonight Saturday, 15-Feb-2020. A severe rain warning came into play from 6:00am today until 9:00pm.

Wind gusts in excess of 100km/h are being forecast in exposed hilly areas, while spells of heavy rain have left Tipperary’s many neglected roads, badly flooded.

Drivers of motor vehicles are being asked to take exceptional care.

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