Irish Water will replace watermains in Darrara, Clonakilty soon.

Works to start in West Cork

Upcoming works to replace watermains in West Cork will result in a road closure for nearly ten weeks.

Irish Water, in partnership with Cork County Council, is replacing 3.2km of what it called problematic watermains in Darrara, Clonakilty to improve water quality and provide a more reliable water supply to the local community.

The upgrade involves the replacement of problematic watermains with new modern pipes.

Steven Blennerhassett from Irish Water said: “The upgrading of these watermains will continue to strengthen and reinforce the water network in Clonakilty and the surrounding areas.

“To facilitate the safe delivery of the upgrades, there will be some traffic management in place, however, local and emergency access will be maintained at all times. The works may also involve some short-term water outages, but the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice before any planned water outages.

“We understand this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause as we progress the National Leakage Reduction Programme.”

The section of works will take place along L4016 from the junction with the Timoleague Road, through Darrara Church Crossroads to the Pound. The works will be delivered in two phases, from the Timoleague Road to Darrara Church Crossroads and from Darrara Church Crossroads to the pound.

In order to complete the works, a road closure is required on the L4016 (Timoleague Road to The Pound) from 1 January-25 March. As the works are to be delivered in two phases, either may be implemented within the closure timeframe. Local access will be maintained.

The suggested diversion for southbound traffic is to travel east along R600-505, at Clashflugh Crossroads divert right onto L-4015-40, follow the road to approach road closure from the opposite side.

Traffic intending to travel south on the L-4016-0 at Darrara Church Crossroads, shall divert west onto L-4015-27, then turn left onto L-4018 at Arundelmills Crossroads, follow the road to approach road closure from the opposite side.

The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Ward & Burke Ltd.