Grid­lock on the N11

OYLE­GATE WORKS ARE DUE TO CON­TINUE UN­TIL DE­CEM­BER 8

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

MO­TORISTS trav­el­ling the N11 be­tween En­nis­cor­thy and Wex­ford have been at their wits end of late as road resur­fac­ing works are caus­ing ma­jor tail­backs at Oyle­gate.

The works got un­der way on Novem­ber 2 and are due to con­tinue up un­til De­cem­ber 8 much to the frus­tra­tion of mo­torists as well as lo­cal busi­ness own­ers who have been count­ing the cost while work is on­go­ing.

Busi­nesses have ex­pe­ri­enced a sharp drop off in cus­tom, with lo­cal cus­tomers un­will­ing to brave the traf­fic and pass­ing trade all but dec­i­mated by the stop go sys­tem. Neil Garry of Garry’s Topline Ser­vice Sta­tion said it had been a dif­fi­cult week.

‘It cer­tainly is ef­fect­ing busi­ness,’ he said. ‘It’s hav­ing a mas­sive im­pact. In fair­ness, I un­der­stand that the work has to be done and the lads car­ry­ing out the work are do­ing ev­ery­thing they can to ac­com­mo­date us and not cut us off, but hu­man na­ture is that peo­ple are not go­ing to leave a stopgo sys­tem and then try to re-en­ter traf­fic.’

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor and pub­li­can Wil­lie Ka­vanagh of The Slaney Inn, said that the sit­u­a­tion was un­for­tu­nate, but nec­es­sary.

‘Peo­ple don’t re­alise that these resur­fac­ing works are ur­gent,’ he said. ‘ This is a na­tional road and parts of it were get­ting dan­ger­ous, par­tic­u­larly for lor­ries. Peo­ple might say it’s not, but this work is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial. Also the road at the Wex­ford side of the vil­lage was prone to a bit of flood­ing. They’re do­ing the drainage there and these works will sort that as well.’

Cllr Ka­vanagh said that tail­backs were at their peak in the first few days, some mo­torists re­port­ing waits of over 20 min­utes, but things have im­proved since peo­ple have be­come aware of the works and found al­ter­na­tive routes. Works are due to be re­duced for the com­ing week

‘I’d be in­clined to think that the lo­cal shop and the fill­ing sta­tion would be badly ef­fected,’ said Cllr Ka­vanagh. ‘But these things hap­pen with road­works. The work is go­ing well and I’d be hope­ful that they’ll fin­ish be­fore De­cem­ber 8.’

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