A STRETCH OF east Kildare road closed for nearly four years because of subsidence that nearly saw it slip into the Liffey is to re-open this Friday (20 March) after six months and €1.7m worth of remediation work.
Following a burst watermain under the L6048 at Coughlanstown near Ballymore Eustace, the road began slipping down the slope towards the river, necessitating its closure in August 2016.
This topographical inconvenience saw some residents having to add a daily three-mile detour to access Ballymore village since then.
However, following lobbying by local TD Martin Heydon, and his protégée from the very road Cllr Evie Sammon, Kildare County Council engaged Coffey Engineering to begin the slope remediation project in September, with an accurate time scale of six months work predicted.
Both have welcomed the re-opening.
“In 2016, I met a large number of residents from Coughlanstown and surrounding areas to view the damage that has caused the closure of the road. A burst water main resulted in serious subsidence of the road foundation and adjacent river bank which forced the closure,” said Deputy Heydon.
“Since then I have met with Kildare Co Council and a delegation of local residents every six months to review progress on the reopening of the road and to keep pressure on the council.
“While it has taken longer than expected I am delighted that we have finally reached the re-opening date,” he said.
“The Slope Remediation works at Coughlanstown Road was an issue I raised at my first meeting of the Naas Municipal District in July where I received confirmation that work would begin before the end of September 2019,” said Cllr Sammon.
She noted this with some satisfaction, because of spawning issues in the Liffey, if hadn’t started before the end of September, it couldn’t start again for another 12 months.
“I am delighted that we are finally at this stage of the road being re-opened and local residents having ease of access back to their village again.”
“After six months of works by Coffeys and over three years of meetings with Kildare Co Council it is great to finally be at this stage. I look forward to the re-opening and for local residents to have ease of access back to their village of Ballymore Eustace again.”