Lower Glanmire Road residents irked over late night waterworks

Lower Glanmire Road residents irked over late night waterworks
Waterworks on the Lower Glanmire Road. Pic: Noel Dolan.

IRATE residents living on Lower Glanmire Road have complained of being unable to sleep due to the ongoing roadworks which are being carried out intermittently through the night.

Waterworks on the Lower Glanmire Road. Pic: Noel Dolan.
Waterworks on the Lower Glanmire Road. Pic: Noel Dolan.

Noel Dolan, who has been living on the road for the past 12 years, said that the works have impacted on his quality of life.

“We (the residents) were without water for 28 hours last week with only a few hours notice. There is dust everywhere, you can’t open a window with the dust, they are destroying the road, there are lumps of tar everywhere and more potholes than ever.”

Mr Dolan also said that the roadworks were taking place during the night which was resulting in a lot of sleep deprivation for the local residents.

“In my block, there is a guy with cerebral palsy, there is another person recovering from a near terminal illness and there are families, this is not on.”

Waterworks on the Lower Glanmire Road. Pic: Noel Dolan.
Waterworks on the Lower Glanmire Road. Pic: Noel Dolan.

Mr Dolan said, from his observations, it seems there are six or seven people doing all the work when there should be a lot more.

“When they first arrived, there was a small army, now there is just a small group. I understand this work needs to be carried out, but I think there should be more people working on it and it should be done faster.”

A spokesperson for Irish Water said: “There are a number of vital projects being delivered currently in the Lower Glanmire Road area of the city to both upgrade and also improve the existing aged water pipes.

“The programme, called the national Leakage Reduction Programme, is targeting investment on some of the most problematic pipework across the country to reduce leakage, improve the security of supply and water quality for our customers.”

Waterworks on the Lower Glanmire Road. Pic: Noel Dolan.
Waterworks on the Lower Glanmire Road. Pic: Noel Dolan.

Irish Water said that over the past month extensive work has been carried out to deliver 1100 metres of the new 600mm trunk water main along Lower Glanmire Road.

“These works are the first stage of a vital project for the city to connect the two water supplies of Inniscarra and Lee Road, ultimately to create a more secure, safe and reliable supply of water to Cork homes and businesses.

“These works were all undertaken at night under the direction of An Garda Síochána and Cork City Council. For the best part, the works were delivered with stop/go traffic management. There was a requirement for a short section to close the road fully for a number of nights to safely complete the pipe installation where local diversions were in place.”

Irish Water said that the works are likely to be completed by the end of November.

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