Gallowstown Road residents unhappy with disruption

Road diversions led to traffic chaos and safety concerns at the Gallowstown Road, just outside Roscommon town, earlier this week, a resident has claimed.

  It’s also understood that the works had an adverse effect on local businesses, with some closing their doors early.

  The problems were caused by water conservation works that were carried out by Irish Water, in conjunction with Roscommon County Council.

  The works involved pipe-laying at the Ballinagard reservoir, which serves the county town and surrounding area. It led to the planned closure of a section of the Roscommon-Castlerea (N60) road for this working week.

  A diversion to Tulsk was put in place, but many people instead opted to a use the narrow Gallowstown Road that links the Castlerea Road with the Boyle Road, near Roscommon Racecourse.

  Resident Padraig Nolan said: “All of the traffic is diverted off the Castlerea Road onto our road. They have the road destroyed.

  “The grass margins are destroyed. We can’t go out on the road now without a high-vis vest on us or we will be knocked down. It has annoyed residents.”

  He said that no prior knowledge of the work was given.

  “They put a notice in the paper a month ago, saying they would notify every resident,” said Mr Nolan. “They haven’t done that.”

  The Roscommon-Castlerea Road is expected to reopen today (Thursday), but local councillor Kathleen Shanagher said that she would seek a meeting with the engineers to ensure greater consultation with future works.

  “The residents appreciate the work has to be done, but they must be properly informed in advance,” she said.

  The engineer overseeing the work declined to comment.