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Drivers braced for tailback as bridge forces road closure

Enda Cunningham

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Part of Lough Atalia Road is to be closed for eight weeks from mid-September, with a new one-way system being introduced inbound on that road and the Fairgreen Road and outbound on College Road.

And the contract will include heavy penalties for over-runs, as well as a bonus system for beating targets. However city officials have ruled out carrying out work 24 hours per day … because it would disturb a female otter living nearby!

Following a discussion lasting more than two hours last evening, councillors approved the ‘preferred’ of six options, which involves the complete closure of the road under the railway bridge to allow for the lowering of the road.

Director of Services for Transport and Infrastructure, Billy Dunne, told the meeting last evening that the relocation of underground of services – including gas, broadband and two watermains – would account for the majority of the works.

He explained that since 2008, the bridge has been struck a total of eight times by Heavy Goods Vehicles, Most recently, the road had to be closed for four days while repairs were carried out.

The approved plan will see the full closure of Lough Atalia Road with Fairgreen Road, to the Texaco filling station.

“A one-way circulatory system involving College Road, Lough Atalia Road and Fairgreen Road would also be implemented. Lough Atalia Road would become one-way inbound for both lanes. Both lanes on Fairgreen road would become one way from Lough Atalia to Forster Street, and both lanes on College Road would become one-way outbound. This would allow the traffic signals at the three junctions to potentially be switched off,” the proposal reads.

City Manager Brendan McGrath said the decision facing councillors was very difficult, but that the work needed to be done.

He said the works would cost in the region of €750,000, and there is a “very high likelihood” of getting the funding from Government if the project was “shovel ready”.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Party-goers in Galway hit with Covid fines

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway’s most senior Garda has issued a renewed appeal this week for young people to desist from organising or attending any house parties as the local Covid-19 situation worsens – last week Gardaí were called to break up a number of gatherings in different parts of the city.

A total of 15 people were found to be attending one house party in the Salthill area last weekend while Gardaí were called to two other smaller gatherings – one in the Doughiska area and the other in Rahoon.

Cautions and Fixed Payment Notices (fines) were issued to a number of those involved. This week, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley has pleaded with young people ‘to stay away at all costs’ from such gatherings.

“We have very high Covid incidence rates in the Galway area over the past week; death rates from the disease are at their highest ever level; and the last thing we need now is groups of people coming together in confined settings.

“If one person has Covid at such a gathering then, in all probability, most others there will pick it up too and spread it their contacts and family members. I am pleading for people just not to do this.

“We are entering into our most critical period in trying to contain the spread of Covid-19, with the next month or so absolutely vital in our efforts to keep everyone healthy and safe and to try and avoid further loss of life,” he said.
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Community gives new lease of life to Merlin allotments

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – In 2018, the allotments in Merlin Woods were in danger of falling by the wayside, with declining numbers and underuse blighting a facility that had huge potential.

Since then, the community has pulled together to create a space that locals are proud of and one that its advocates are hoping could be a template for other communities across the city.

Chairperson of the Committee behind this new lease of life is Michael Tully, who says the allotments have become a focal point for area, bringing together locals from all walks of life.

“It’s all about netting the community together and the response we’re getting has been unbelievable,” says Michael, who joined the committee in 2018.

“I started off as a user of Merlin Woods, walking by the allotments and thinking to myself that it would be great to grow my own fruit and veg.

“I started talking to a few of the plot-holders like John Rabbitte, Martin Lohan, Jim McCormack and Daithí O’Brien and they told me how to apply. I applied to the City Council and got my allotment in early 2018 and there were about eight allotments in use at that stage, all of us working away on our own.”

Two years later, all 42 allotments are in use, but it took the cooperation of Galway City Council and Trojan work from the community to get it to this point, explains Michael.

“We came down here every Saturday to clear the paths, dig out the weeds and make the place better. The sense of community was unbelievable. Anyone who couldn’t dig was bringing down flasks of tea and cakes to those that were,” he laughs.
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National Transport Authority to progress Galway’s Park and Ride

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A dedicated unit established within the National Transport Authority will look at the potential of Park and Ride to help solve Galway City’s traffic congestion problem.

Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath, said that Park and Ride facilities should not be restricted to the east, and sites needed to be located to the west and north-west to take account of commuters from Connemara.

Mr McGrath said Park and Ride would be advanced this year as part of the Galway Transport Strategy. He said that the Council, in conjunction with the dedicated unit within the NTA, would investigate feasible sites for the location of Park and Ride facilities.

Mr McGrath said that site selection and acquisition of land could commence in the second quarter of this year. He said he expected that Park and Ride would be progressed well before the Galway City Ring Road was built.

Director of Services for Transport, Ruth McNally, also said that the NTA was looking at the potential of sites in the city for Park and Ride and she insisted that money – or a lack of it – was not halting progress.

“Money is not a major issue for capital projects,” she said.

They were responding at Monday’s City Council meeting to councillors who lamented the slow progress on developing Park and Ride.
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