Nenagh is starting to see the benefits of the major €17m infrastructure project that has caused disruption around the town for the past number of months.
Apart from natural gas coming on stream, the centre of the town has also benefited from new water and waste water pipes, hopefully eliminating the foul odours from around the town centre.
“Eighty per cent of the gas pipeline has now been laid, with gas available to customers along the pipeline route to Arrabawn Co-Op and ABP Meats. Gas will also be made available in Summerhill, Church Road, Sarsfield Street and Kenyon Street by end of September,” said construction manager, Brendan McDermott of Ervia, the company carrying out the project.
Residents along the middle section of Kenyon Street were connected to a new wastewater service last week, decommissioning the old culvert, benefitting users who in the past had experienced difficulties, he said.
Over 150m of wastewater pipeline has been laid from Tyone roundabout as far as Kenyon Street car park entrance.
Meanwhile, Ervia has said that the work is on schedule, with further work to be carried out on Kenyon Street starting next Tuesday, August 2. This will see the completion of the work from the car park entrance to Market Cross.
In the meantime, small scale work in being carried out around Summerhill / Church Road and O'Rahilly Street / Church Road.
Following the completion of Kenyon Street work, the project will move to Pearse Street in mid-August. Work will take place at the northern end from Kickham Street junction to Dublin Road mini-roundabout under phase one, with phase two seeing work at the southern end from Kickham Street junction to Market Cross.
Kickham Street works will follow on after Pearse Street works have been complete.
There will be some distruption to bus services with bus stops being moved.
The Dublin / Limerick bus stop on Kickham Street will be temporarily relocated to the railway station and the Athlone / Limerick stop will be temporarily relocated to O'Rahilly Street.
Concerns have already been raised by town councillors over traffic management for this phase, as the work will coincide with the end of the school holidays.