'The big move' has started in Fermoy
Over the next three months, trucks passing by doors of private houses and businesses in Fermoy will be a familiar sight as Lagan Construction have started moving materials through the town for the flood works, but it will not be adversely affecting business.
Cian O'Sullivan of Lagan Construction confirmed to The Avondhu this week that truck traffic could be one every ten minutes, but he didn't have exact figures.
Meanwhile, works on the bridge in Fermoy will begin next week and these will be ongoing until September. Traffic management will be in place on the corner between O'Neill Crowley Quay and the bridge and while traffic will be down to one lane, there will not be a stop-go system and traffic will flow continuously.
However, drivers approaching the town from the north side will not be able to turn down onto O'Neill Crowley Quay and the quay itself will be down to one lane. In the meantime, it's 'business as usual' for the traders in the town.
This week, residents and businesses on Mill Road, MacCurtain Street, Patrick Street and Courthouse Road received notification that trucks would be passing between 7pm in the evenings and 7am the following mornings associated with the works that began on Tuesday night, June 11.
Lagan Construction advised people that this would be the chosen route for the trucks unless an alternative is agreed between the town council, OPW and Gardai and if that happens, those affected will be notified.
Cian O'Sullivan told The Avondhu that they have washing facilities at both sites and sweepers on the go, so residents shouldn't be concerned about additional muck or debris on the roads from the trucks.
Cllr Noel McCarthy told The Avondhu that they will be reviewing the situation in a month to decide whether or not it is working for all parties affected, as he said that while the times agreed upon will not hinder business, it will still affect people living on the route.
Adrian Godwin of the Fermoy Business Action Group added that everyone recognises that the work has to be done and if it can be done without disrupting business, then that's preferable.
Representatives of the OPW and Lagan Construction will meet with residents or business people if necessary and anyone with questions can contact Cian O'Sullivan of Lagan Construction on 087-2527796.
Friday 14th June 11:55am