Traf­fic dis­rupted as wide load is moved to Bal­laghader­reen plant

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

THERE was ma­jor traf­fic dis­rup­tion last Thurs­day as a wide load was be­ing moved from Sligo to Bal­laghader­reen via Charlestown.

The load, which was un­der­stood to be headed for the Aurivo plant in Bal­laghader­reen, de­parted Bal­last Quay shortly af­ter 9pm on Thurs­day evening.

The ve­hi­cle trav­elled via Bal­last Quay, the In­ner Relief Road/Dual car­riage­way along the N4 to Col­looney and the N17 from Tober­bride Round­about to Charlestown, and then the N5 Charlestown to Bal­laghader­reen.

There was ma­jor traf­fic dis­rup­tion along routes on which the ve­hi­cle was trav­el­ling, with Gar­dai also as­sisted in the move while the load was in tran­sit.

The road be­tween Cloonacurra and Curry on the N17 was the worst af­fected, as this sec­tion of road is nar­row and traf­fic was not able to pass by the loads.

Traf­fic was forced to give way at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions along the N17 and re­main parked ‘off-road’ un­til the load passed, caus­ing de­lays along the af­fected routes.

It’s be­lieved the load con­tained a drier, which is con­nected to Aurivo’s €26 mil­lion in­vest­ment in their pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Bal­laghder­reen, a de­vel­op­ment which will cre­ate a mod­ern, state-of-the-art pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity that will boost ca­pac­ity at the fa­cil­ity by 50%.

Pic:

The wide load be­ing loaded on to the back of the truck. Donal Hack­ett.

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