There is palpable anger in the north Sligo village of Grange because of the 'loss' of the main street.
Resurfacing work, causing major delays on the main street, by Sligo
County Council has begun within the past week and is likely to continue
through August. The street is the main arterial route from Sligo to
Donegal (N15) and a popular stop off point for meals, shopping and
The main gripe locally appears to be the loss of trade from shoppers and tourists because of the disruptive roadworks.
Whilst having the distinction of availing of the dwindling funds in the
current economic climate there is still disquiet in the village resulting in a
Facebook page being set up to allow comments to be posted by locals and
visitors alike. The page is only two days old and already has 130 followers.
The page also provides information to allow drivers planning trips to
the village to avoid getting caught up and adding to the traffic
congestion. It also advises that if using secondary roads to drive with
caution as there will be higher volumes of traffic than usual.
According to Sligo County Council, "The surface of the N15 at Grange is
in poor condition and in need of upgrading. This is a significant
upgrading programme which will greatly improve road conditions and road
safety in this area.
While the work is being carried out during the school holidays to
minimise disruption to local traffic, the Council accepts that it is
causing inconvenience to motorists and the people of Grange, and will
endeavour to minimise disruption in so far as possible for the remainder
of the contract."
However there are those who maintain that the remedial work should be carried out at night to minimise disruption.
You can have your say on the matter, see Facebook's Who had the brainwave to do Roadworks in Grange Village in August?
Meanwhile the lethal 11k stretch on the N4 between Cloonamahon and
Castlebaldwin is to be discussed by the head of the National Roads
Authority (NRA) and local TDs and senators at a briefing session in
early October. See SligoToday 18/7/12
UPDATE Friday 17/8/12 2.30pm
Sligo County Council have issued a statement to SligoToday.ie
at 2.04pm today in which they say; Sligo County Council has received numerous complaints in recent years concerning the condition of the road surface in Grange village.
The Council was successful in acquiring funding for a major upgrading programme, which will greatly improve road conditions and road safety in the village.
The work is being carried out during the school holidays to minimise disruption to local traffic. The Contractor called to local businesses a number of weeks in advance of the work to advise on the work programme.
While the work was expected to continue until the end of September, the contractor has advised the Council that he expects the work to be substantially completed during week commencing 27th August.
The Council has made every effort to minimise inconvenience to motorists and the people of Grange, and will continue to do for the remainder of the contract.