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What you need to know about the latest Ardee roadworks

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The Drogheda Road and Stepaside Service Station, Ardee. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie
The signs have been up for a couple of weeks now and on Monday, work will begin on major roadworks in Ardee – with Louth County Council warning of delays and closures in some parts over the next few weeks. Here’s what you need to know about the impending roadworks in Ardee.
When does the work start?

The council say work will get underway on Monday morning, November 6th.

How long will it take?

The project works are planned for a three week period in total.

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What work is actually being done?

It’s a major resurfacing job on the N2 in Ardee Town. Initial work will also include some drainage and footpath work before the resurfacing job gets underway.

What area of Ardee will be affected?

The works will commence from Ardee St Marys GAA grounds on the N2 and progress towards town. It will continue to the the junction of the N2 and the N52 Kells Road.

When is the work being done?

Louth County Council say the contractors will be working throughout the day and night.

What kind of delays can be expected?

Delays are inevitable during the day and night. To facilitate the works, a temporary traffic management system will be in place. The local authority say the contractor has been made aware of the busiest periods in Ardee – such as school drop-off and collection times – and will bear this in mind during the works.

The council advise that people give themselves extra time for school runs and getting to and from work or elsewhere.

Will there be any road closures as part of this work?

Yes. The N2 from the zebra crossing at the Monastery Boys National School to the junction with the N52 Kells Road will be closed between 8pm and 6am nightly between Monday November 27th and Friday December 1st, inclusive.

Due to this being overnight work, this will not affect school runs or daytime operations for locals. Motorists are advised to travel along the N52 Kells Road and R165 between Mandistown Cross and Blakestown Cross by way of a diversion. Local access will be provided.

The N52 Kells Road, from it’s junction with the N2 in Ardee Town and it’s junction with Mandistown Cross will also be closed overnight for one night for works. This will take place between 8pm and 6am on the night of Thursday November 23rd and morning of Friday November 24th.

How are these works being funded?

Louth County Council have received an allocation of just over €2 million for this major project as well as pavement overlay between Harristown and Tattyboys on the N2 north of Ardee. Over €1.2 million is being spent solely on the Ardee resurfacing work.

What are local representatives saying about this?

“Three years ago when I first looked for the town to be resurfaced the then engineer Gerry Kelly said he was terrified of the amount of works that needed to be done on the Main Street in Ardee,” Ardee Municipal District councillor Dolores Minogue said. “The town is a disgrace with potholes.

“There will be disruption and traffic will be delayed at times but this work is badly needed and I’m delighted that funding has been secured.

Will the roadworks be advertised more widely?

The council say AA Roadwatch have been notified of the works and announcements on their radio and social media bulletins will begin today (Friday, November 3rd).

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