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N74 Fr. Mathew Street, Tipperary Town Road Improvement Scheme - Contract Signing

Photograph of those present at the contract signing
Press Release
Roads and Transport
5 June 2024

Tipperary County Council is pleased to announce that GLAS Civil Engineering Ltd., has been appointed to carry out a road improvement scheme on the N74 Fr. Mathew Street, Tipperary Town.

This scheme is approximately 1,250 metres in length. It commences at the Bansha roundabout and extends along the N74 through Fr. Mathew Street, including a short section of the N24, and terminates in the vicinity of the 60 km/h speed limit at the eastern side of the town. Mott MacDonald were the design consultants for the scheme, and Barry Transportation consultants will supervise the contract works on behalf of Tipperary County Council. 

The rehabilitation works and safety measures will involve upgrades to the road layout with reduced carriageway width, widening and extension of footways with new paving, new road pavement, upgrades to public lighting, upgrade of an existing, and provision of a new signal-controlled pedestrian crossing at the Irish Wheelchair Association.  Surface water drainage network upgrade works are included with provision of sustainable urban drainage elements, flood alleviation works at Pike Cross, watermains and sewerage upgrade works, future proofing of services and service diversions, undergrounding of overhead power lines, enhanced soft and hard landscaping including the provision of trees and upgraded street furniture.  Traffic calming measures will include the provision of new town gateway signage and upgrade, and access improvement works to St. Michael’s Cemetery car park.

Access to all properties and businesses will be maintained throughout the 18-month period of the works.  Works of this nature will cause some disruption, but it is the intention of Tipperary County Council and our contractor to minimise this as far as possible. Property owners will be contacted in advance as the scheme progresses.   A scheme website has been developed which will provide details of the scheme, traffic management arrangements, and contact details - the website address is  Stakeholders and the public are encouraged to engage with the contractor and the council through the scheme website, to provide feedback and address any issues, as the scheme progresses.

Liam Brett, Director of Services, Tipperary County Council, stated that “this scheme will result in improved safety for vulnerable road users.  It will also reduce noise, improve landscaping, reduce traffic speeds, and improve services, road surfaces, footpaths and crossing points.  The Council has been working closely with our funders Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Uisce Éireann to bring this project to construction. I am delighted that the Council has now awarded the contract for the project and I look forward to works proceeding over the coming year”. 

Cathaoirleach of Tipperary-Cahir-Cashel Municipal District, Cllr. Declan Burgess noted that “this is a significant investment in Tipperary town and this Municipal District.  I look forward in particular to the enhancement of public areas making it safer for local people, shoppers and visitors.  I wish to thank the public in advance for their co-operation and patience”. Cllr. Burgess acknowledged that the works would cause some disruption during construction and asked that every effort be made to minimise this to protect businesses and those travelling to work, schools, and shops. 

Pictured at the contract signing: 

Pictured above: Elected Members of Tipperary/Cahir/Cashel Municipal District; Liam Brett, Director of Services, Tipperary County Council; Sharon Kennedy, District Manager; Aidan O’Connell, Mott MacDonald; Pat O’Sullivan and Niall Casey, Glas Civil Engineering; Joe Reilly, Barry Transportation; Michael Woulfe, Senior Executive Engineer, and Roads staff.

Photograph by Caitriona Kenny