Tipperary County Council
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Tipperary County Council Civic Offices, Clonmel | Civic Offices, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
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Roads Section Strategy

  • To effectively implement the current 5 year plan for the surface restoration and reconstruction of non-national roads.
  • To progress the implementation of community assisted and local improvement schemes.
  • To continue to ensure that in planning the improvement of national routes.
  • To review procedures for consultation and co-ordination of activities between the various sections.
  • To ensure that the quality of road maintenance is improved in line with technical and operational advances.
  • To prepare and implement traffic management plans for the major towns in the County.
  • To promote and seek to improve road safety in the County.

Useful Links


Road Maintenance

How do I log a Public Lighting Fault?

Faults can be reported by logging on to the Airtricity Website or calling their helpline 1850 372 772.
Alternatively, you can also call Customer Services at Tipperary County Council at 0761-06-5000.

When the fault is logged in this format it will go straight to hand-held device of Airtricity’s electrician for the area.
When reporting the fault the following information should be provided.

  • The town/village/estate or street name.
  • The number on the pole (generally identified in black located on a white background above eye level on the pole).
  • The location of the light (for example, outside house number 5).
  • Your name and contact number.

When is it Prohibited to Cut Hedges?

Persons are prohibited from cutting trees/hedges from 1st March to 31st August each year under the Wildlife Acts 1976-2000.

When can I cut hedgerows?

Hedgerows can only be maintained (i.e. cut) between 01st September and end February each year. Do not cut hedgerows during the bird-nesting season. With certain exemptions e.g. for reasons of health and safety, the Irish Wildlife Act 1976 to 2000 prohibits the cutting of hedgerow vegetation between 01st March and 31st August. Farms participating in REPS must not carry out hedgerow maintenance from end February to end of August.

Environment Section Officers do not have any authority under the Irish Wildlife Act 1976, as amended. Complaints about cutting hedgerows should be referred to the National Parks and Wildlife Service and/or An Garda Síochána.

Complaints in relation to hedgerows (and trees) impacting on traffic safety should be directed to the Roads Section of the Council.
For further information see:


Why roads may still be icy

  • Despite the high level of service provided, no guarantee can be given that roads will always be completely clear of ice or snow.
  • Ice may still be present in frost pockets/hollows and low-lying areas after the remainder of the network has thawed.
  • On average, forecasts are 90% accurate and in most winters this means that there are days when a road frost is not forecast but can actually occur.
  • It takes time for the salt to become effective after roads are salted.
  • Rain can wash salt off roads leaving them prone to re-icing.
  • In severe cold weather below -8C, even salt will not prevent roads from icing up.
  • If a road frost follows rain salting will normally start after the rain has stopped to avoid salt being washed away. Temperatures may fall by as much as 5C per hour and the wet roads may well freeze before the salt spreader has been able to salt them.
  • "Dawn Frost" - This occurs on dry roads and involves the development of early morning dew which falls on cold road surfaces and freezes on impact. It is impossible to forecast with any accuracy where and when it will occur. It is occurs particularly on commuter routes as the water vapour from exhausts falls on the road and freezes.
  • When rain turns to snow, early salting cannot take place as it would be washed away.
  • Treated roads can still therefore have icy patches and drivers should remain vigilant and aware of the need to drive carefully at all times especially when road frosts follow rain.

Where is the salt stored?

Salt is collected from the ports at the start of the season and stored in salt barns at various locations throughout the county. The main purpose of the salt barn is to keep the salt dry and to prevent the salt from being blown or washed away by wind or rain. Tipperary County Council has three Salt Barns, one has a capacity of 1,500 tonnes and the other two barns each have a capacity of 600 tonnes which is sufficient to pre-treat our designated routes on 12 occasions.

Why is the salt used on the roads sometimes brown in colour?

This is the natural colour of the rock salt as mined, due to dirt and impurities which lie in bands throughout the salt beds, deposited millions of years ago. Marine salt is white and is occasionally used if supplies of rock salt are not available

Are there more environmentally friendly alternatives to salt?

Yes there are but unfortunately they are extremely expensive to use.

Why do footpaths not get salted?

To treat all footpaths with the road spreader is not practicable due to parked vehicles and also the danger of pedestrians being struck with salt grains. Treatment by hand or machine would prove to be too costly, uneconomical and is resource-intensive.

Should people clear ice and snow from driveways and footpaths themselves?

We would be happy if you would show community spirit and help where you can. When clearing ice take care not to make things worse, or make it appear that the footpath is completely free of risk.
You will need a shovel and some salt, sand or grit, but don’t try using water or other liquids, as these will freeze on contact with the ground making the situation worse.
It’s easier to clear snow when it is fresh. It can be swept, shovelled or raked ideally onto grass areas or along the kerb.

Road Permits, Licences and Claims

When do I need an Abnormal Load Permit?

These permits apply generally to vehicles carrying abnormal or indivisible loads on public roads. In exceptional circumstances, for example, the carriage of abnormal and indivisible loads (AILS), the legal limits on weights and dimensions may be exceeded.


What are Community Involvement Schemes?

This scheme applies to Community groups who wish to have Local Roads improved and are willing to contribute to the overall cost of the scheme. Overall community contributions must account for 15% of the cost of the works by way of financial contribution.

Applications must be made on the official application form and submitted to the Roads Department.

Road Opening at Tankardstown Cross

Road L-4307-0, at Tankardstown Cross, leading to Ballygorteen, has now re-opened.
Tipperary County Council apologies for any inconvenience... Read More

02/02/2018 - 16:55
Road Alerts
Road Alerts

Road Closure

Temporary Road Closure - L3161-0 Loughkent

Tipperary County Council wishes to advise customers of the temporary Road Closure of the L3161-... Read More

01/02/2018 - 12:02
Road Alerts
Road Alerts

How to deal with the danger of hailstones while driving

There have recently been a number of collisions, both fatal and non-fatal on stretches of the M7 in Tipperary and Limerick.

The RSA have... Read More

26/01/2018 - 15:12
Featured Item

R494 Birdhill/Ballina Road is now re-opened

Please note the above road which had been closed due to flooding is now reopened. Please exercise caution while travelling this route.

24/01/2018 - 09:45
Road Alerts
Road Alerts

Update on Road Closures at 12:30Hrs 23rd January 2018

The following roads are currently closed due to flooding and will remain closed until further notice.

Nenagh Municipal District
-R494... Read More

23/01/2018 - 12:17
Road Alerts
Road Alerts

Decision to close the L-41041 Seskin Lane Road, Cappawhite

ROADS ACT, 1993-2015,
NOTICE OF... Read More

22/12/2017 - 12:01
Road Alerts
Road Alerts

Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) 2018- Non Public Roads

Applications are invited for the Local Improvement Scheme which applies to non-public accommodation roads. Projects must benefit two or more... Read More

07/12/2017 - 15:09
General News
General News

Car Parking in Clonmel

Clonmel Borough District
A reminder to all our customers


24/11/2017 - 15:08
General News
General News

Nenagh Leisure Centre closed for remainder of today - 22nd...

Due to the inclement weather conditions Nenagh Leisure Centre has been closed for the remainder of today (22nd November). The position will be... Read More

22/11/2017 - 16:17
General News
General News

Decison to Close the L1101 and L1102 Gurth Cross to...

ROADS ACT, 1993-2015,
NOTICE OF... Read More

20/11/2017 - 12:31
Road Alerts
Road Alerts

Closure of Railway Station Carpark

Due to industrial action on the 1st November 2017 at the Railway Station, Nenagh, the Railway Station carpark is not accessible for parking. As a... Read More

01/11/2017 - 09:19
General News
General News

Happy Halloween from Clonmel Borough District!!

These are some photos of the Halloween roundabout that Clonmel Borough District installed at the roundabout at Tesco.

27/10/2017 - 10:37
General News
General News

Nenagh Traffic Management Plan - Information Meeting

Tipperary County Council has engaged Consultants for the purpose of preparing a Traffic Management Plan for the town of Nenagh. Previous... Read More

25/10/2017 - 12:03
General News
General News

L-5411 from Silverfort X to Coleraine reopened

L-5411 from Silverfort X to Coleraine- road now cleared from ESB Cables

19/10/2017 - 14:22
General News
General News

Golden Road Cashel reopened

The N74 has now reopened between Cashel and Golden following repairs on ESB Poles.

19/10/2017 - 10:28
General News
General News

Templemore-Thurles MD Road Update

Ballycahill Road- Reopened
Mill Road Thurles- Reopened
Cronovone Rd. Borrisoleigh- Road Closed. ESB working on wires. Expected to be... Read More

19/10/2017 - 09:53
General News
General News

Press Release – EX Storm Ophelia Update from Tipperary...

Tipperary County Council’s Crisis Management Team and the Interagency Co-ordination team met this morning to review the position in relation to... Read More

17/10/2017 - 13:02
General News
General News
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