Dolores Minogue says there’s no viable alternative to conducting road strengthening works in the town at night, despite receiving calls from locals who have aired their displeasure about the overnight noise from the work.
This month, Louth County Council are undertaking road strengthening works at various points in the town – on the junction of main street and the Kells Road, Tierney Street, John Street and Hale Street – with all work being done between 8pm and 6am.
Whilst that decision was taken to avoid considerable traffic disruption, it means that those living in the immediate vicinity of the works are having to put up with associated noises. Fine Gael councillor Minogue says she has received a number of calls about the noise but admits the work is absolutely necessary.
“The residents understand work has to be done but drilling at 3am, 4am, 5am in the morning is having an effect on them,” she told ThisIsArdee.ie today.
“Unfortunately, these works have to be done and they’re trying to get them done as quick as possible. During the day, there’d be disruption to traffic and everyone would be delayed. It’s noisy but they’re trying to get as much done as quickly as possible and get out.”
“I understand people are tired and they need to go to work the next day but from a council point of view this work needs to be done and they’re trying to get out as quick as they can. All we can do is apologise for the inconvenience,” she continued.
“I have been in touch with the council. It’s unfortunate. But they have to get this work done and if it was done during the day, there would have been absolute chaos. It would have been gridlock. I did speak to the residents and hopefully it will all be done by Friday.”
Access to and from Hale Street is closed off from 8pm to 6am every night/morning this week – from Monday September 11th to Thursday September 14th.
John Street – from the junction with the N2 towards Shanlis Cross – is also closed during the same times. Local access is being provided overnight.