Irish Water to replace problematic pipes in Doneraile area

Almost 2.5km of problematic pipes are to be replaced by Irish Water in partnership with Cork County Council. 

The works are set to start in Mid-November and taking place in order to improve water quality and provide a more reliable supply. 

Outlining the benefits that the mains replacement will bring, Steven Blennerhassett from Irish Water, explained:  

“The upgrading of these watermains will continue to strengthen and reinforce the water network in Doneraile and the surrounding areas. The new pipes will create a more efficient network, reduce leaks and ensure a more reliable supply.” 

“These new pipes will create a more effective network in Doneraile which previously had a high burst frequency. 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 prior to any planned water outages. 

In order to complete the works the R522 Doneraile to Kildorrery Road will remain closed from the Turnpike Cross to the N73 from late-November to late-December with access limited to local residents. 

The suggested eastbound diversion route is New Road via Doneraile to Shenakilla Cross and the N73 to Ballyaskin and Ballinamona Cross. Westbound traffic from the N73 take New Road toward Doneraile. 

A second road closure will then be required from early January to early February, along the L5558 route extending from the Doneraile to Shanballymore Road as far as Ballinamona cross, and more information on this closure will be made available at the time. 

The R522 Doneraile to Kildorrery Road will be open during this phase of the workwith the suggested diversion route being to continue on the R522 Doneraile to Kildorrery Road to the N73 for Ballinamona Cross. 

All diversions will be signposted in advance. 


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