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Road in Laois town facing ‘six more months’ of closure

A road in a Laois town faces six more months of closure as major flood relief measures are required.

Sinn Fein Councillor for Portarlington, Aidan Mullins, says that the Ballymorris Road, which has been closed for two months already, is a long way away from being reopened.

According to Cllr Mullins, the flooding beneath Railway Bridge was caused by the construction of 22 houses at the location.

To fix the flooding issue, Laois County council are engaging with the owner of a nearby field – but the proposed flood relief scheme is only at design stage and some months away from completion yet.

Cllr Mullins said: “In response to my queries, Council officials confirmed to me today that the Ballymorris Road in Portarlington could remain closed for a further 6 months to allow for major flood relief measures to be implemented.

“This will come as a blow to local residents who will be forced to continue to take detours in the area.

“The road was closed two months ago following heavy flooding beneath the Railway Bridge, caused by the construction of 22 new social houses by the Council at the location.

“To remedy the situation the Council is engaging with the owner of the nearby field to allow construction of a new pumping station at the site including the provision of a new power supply, installation of a large holding tank with rising mains to take the flood water to the storm line at Ballymorris Court.

“This project is still at design stage and will take months to complete and the road will remain closed in the meantime.

“The need for these additional works was unforeseen and only came to light following completion of the new housing scheme.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.