The design and construction phase of the PPP Contract is approximately three quarters complete, and the scheme remains on programme to open in 2019, according to the Chief Executive Officer’s Report (Tom Enright) presented to members at today’s meeting of Wexford County Council.
The construction of the two main deck spans of the River Barrow bridge continue to progress with five deck segments cast over the river from either side of pier 4 and three segments cast from pier 3.
The construction of the pylon towers at piers 3 and 4 have also commenced and the installation of the cables will follow as the deck and pylons progress outwards and upwards respectively.
At pier 5 the assembly of the form traveller is complete and ready to commence casting the deck segments from that pier. The construction of the bridge deck on the three western approach spans on the Co. Kilkenny side of river is substantially complete, and the construction of the eastern approach spans on the Co. Wexford side continues to progress.
Final earthworks operations (grading and topsoiling) are ongoing and landscaping has recommenced for the autumn/winter planting season. Pavement works continue to progress well throughout the site in preparation for the final surfacing layer.
Final works for fencing, drainage and accommodation works are ongoing and works for barriers and signage has also commenced. Final finishing works at the N25 Glenmore roundabout will continue over the coming months under the current temporary traffic management layout.
Finishing works at the N25 Ballymacar roundabout are also progressing and the current temporary diversion on the N25 Wexford Road will continue to operate into October. It is anticipated that both of these roundabouts will become fully operational to the current traffic network in November 2018, although entry to the bypass will remain closed.
To facilitate this, the current 60km/h road works speed limits at both locations have been extended until January 2019. Road works and temporary traffic management on the R733 Campile Road will continue over the coming months to facilitate realignment and junction works.
It is anticipated that a full closure of the N30 Enniscorthy road will be required over a weekend in November to facilitate the construction of the tie-in between the new road and the existing road.
The N30 will be diverted via the R735 (Adamstown) and N25, and upon clarification of the closure dates, the required statutory notices and public information will be circulated and temporary traffic management and detour plans will be implemented. Local road diversions will also operate and local access will be facilitated.
All nine of the road bridges on the Wexford side of the scheme are substantially complete and all associated local road realignments are open under temporary traffic management.
These roads will fully re-open without temporary traffic management and restricted speed limits over the coming months as final works and safety audit procedures are completed.
The project continues to attract very significant public interest and the project website www.n25newross.ie continues to provide progress updates as well as information on traffic management and road works.
Wexford County Council continues to release periodic project videos to keep the public updated on progress.
The 24-telephone hotline continues to operate to deal with any queries or complaints from the public. The number is 1800 815672, and this number has been posted on both the newsletter and website.
The Project Liaison Office will continue to liaise and consult with all landowners and other interested parties for the duration of the project.