After much debate and delay it looks like the Old Tramore Road will be upgraded with construction beginning in the next few months. Commenting to Cllr. Seamus Ryan, Fergus Galvin Director of Corporate Affairs and Transportation Waterford City Council said “It has been our strategic objective for some years now to progressively upgrade of all of the city’s radial access routes to a reasonable standard. We started a couple of years ago with the Old Kilmeaden Road, the Williamstown Road and we are currently working on the main Tramore Road. It would be our intention to include the Kilbarry Road as part of overall plan later this year”.
He adds, “We have developed plans for an upgrade of the Old Tramore Road from the Outer Ring back to Avondale and the scheme will include a continuous footpath, public lighting along the full length and a realignment of sections of the road to improve sight-lines and safety. We are planning to commence construction work on the scheme this Spring. The job has gone to tender, I have a financial allocation from the Dept. of Transport and I would hope to sign contracts very shortly with a view to commencing on site probably around late April (to coincide with the re-opening of the main Tramore Road)”.
Mr. Galvin concludes saying, “We would also intend providing for additional bus stops on the route. The only issue is a completion date but we are looking at 9 – 10 month construction period which would bring us up to early 2011.”