Recent road repair work at Menlo, north of the city, should not have to be dug up again due to the laying of the new 110kv. electric cable that will link Ballybrit to Roscahill.
According to Mayor Frank Fahey – a resident of Monument Road in Menlo – the new cable, due to be laid over the coming year or so, will follow the road route towards Terryland Park before then being laid along by the Menlo Park Road.
He said that the cable – which will be laid under the bed of the Corrib – will turn off at the T-junction in towards Coolough.
“This should not impact at all on the recent works that were carried out on Monument Road south of the T-junction. This road had been in poor condition and badly needed those repair works to be carried out,” said Mayor Fahy.
He said it was his understanding that the current hold-up with the laying of the new 110kv power line was due to the ongoing roadworks in the Moycullen area, a project already causing major delays.
“I think that if there was further roadworks in Moycullen with the powerline project, it would take half a day to either get to and from Connemara,” said Mayor Fahy.
Work on the 26 kilometre (16 miles) power link had been expected to start this summer – when completed the power sub-station at Ballybrit will be linked into a Connemara wind-farm.
SSE Renewables – the energy company involved in the project – have been in contact with the local communities who will be affected by the roadworks.
The work is expected to involve temporary road closure as well as stop-go, one way traffic flow arrangements along the route of the powerline, that will carry ‘green energy’ power from the Galway Wind Farm project in Cloosh Valley at Roscahill between Moycullen and Oughterard.
The projected output from the Galway Wind Farm project is expected to be enough to provide ‘green energy’ power for 84,000 homes.