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Cold snap further delays Ardee road resurfacing

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The view of Castle Street in Ardee on Christmas Day in 2016. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Louth County Council say it is “highly unlikely” that road resurfacing works will take place throughout this week due to continuing low temperatures.

Local authority engineers say that due to the expected cold weather continuing into this week, scheduled road surfacing probably won’t go ahead. They say asphalt cannot be laid under a specified road surface temperature. The council say these stance relates to both day and night work.

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They say their current position on the roadworks will only change if the forecast changes “dramatically” and predicated temperatures increase. The road closures from tonight (Monday) to Thursday night will not be implemented,” a councillor engineer has confirmed. The current road temperature in Ardee – as of 4.40pm – is 3.7 degrees Celsius.

Work has been ongoing on the €1.2 million Ardee pavement rehabilitation programme for the last three weeks. The main contractor for the work is Kilsaran Road Surfacing & Contracting.

Work on resurfacing – from Castle Street to the Monastery NS Boys School – was due to continue on Monday and throughout every night this week. The work was scheduled to take place overnight – between 8pm and 6am nightly.

Fine Gael councillor Dolores Minogue has been keeping in regular contact with council officials and says she will keep her constituents updated with changes and updates as they happen.

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