BY MARTIN WALSH
The first section of pipeworks for the €10 million Courtmacsherry-Timoleague Sewerage Scheme was laid on Thursday evening on the road adjacent to the site of the wastewater treatment plant on the periphery of Courtmacsherry village.
The sod turning for the project took place last June and while the works began on the wastewater treatment plant site, works on the road were suspended until after the local festivals.
Courtmacsherry Harbour Festival concluded on Monday last and, yesterday, in a joint venture between Glan Agua Limited and MEIC, the first section of the road cutting began around 11am.
Later in the afternoon, three pipes – the main sewer, an inlet pipe and a watermain were put in place. Temporary traffic lights were in place and delays were minimal, while walkers along the popular Courtmacsherry-Timoleague walkway were safely escorted past the working section at certain periods.
When completed, the scheme will bring significant environmental, health and economic benefits to the area and also provide a platform for future growth.
For some 20 years, the Courtmacsherry Development Association lobbied officials and politicians in order to get the scheme off the ground.
During the construction of the new scheme, the water network between Timoleague and Courtmacsherry will also be upgraded.