Galway City Council has denied that adverse weather conditions may prolong traffic disruption at Briarhill Junction.
Works have been underway on resurfacing the road at Briarhill all week, with motorists warned to avoid the area if possible until this Friday. Traffic has been reduced to one lane on the approach to the works and is causing significant delays for motorists, particularly those approaching from the Monivea Road.
Works are running from 7pm to 1am and it had been hoped that the new junction would be open by next Thursday 8 December. However, speculation is growing that the project may be hit by delays following adverse weather conditions in Galway since Monday.
A spokesperson for Galway City Council yesterday told the Galway Independent that although weather conditions had been an obstacle for workers, the project was still on target.
“At the moment, work is going well and we are still on course to open next Thursday. It had been planned that one-lane operation would end at 1am on Friday morning but this may have to continue into Saturday or Sunday, depending on progress. We will be keeping motorists updated through our website at www.galwaycity.ie and local media,” a spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, motorists and businesses have reacted angrily to news that Roscommon County Council will be closing the M6 motorway westbound from Ballinsloe to Athlone from Monday 5 December to Friday 23 December to facilitate pavement improvement works. It is feared that the move will greatly impact on business over the festive period by discouraging shoppers from travelling to the affected towns and cities.