Bay Estate N.S. Dundalk parents still left in dark over road closures

Hazelwood Ave. in Bay Estate will close from next Wednesday for 16 weeks

Tia Clarke


Tia Clarke

Bay Estate N.S. Dundalk parents still left in dark over road closures

The busy road outside Bay Estate N.S.

Parents of pupils at Bay Estate National School are still in the dark about how they will be able to access the school when roads close as contractors move in to carry out works from Monday, 17th September. 

Hazelwood Avenue is due to close for 16 weeks so that Coras Pipelines can update sewerage systems in Bay Estate on behalf of Irish Water. 

A letter from Coras Pipelines which was sent out to Bay Estate N.S. 

Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, school principal Martina Rafferty explained how Irish Water representatives had travelled to the school on Thursday morning to talk through the road closures and allow school staff to voice any safety concerns they had. 

The school principal explained that Irish Water representatives had shown her a road traffic management plan which she said seemed "very doable". However, the plan has not been shared with residents or pupil's parents yet. Ms. Rafferty told how she was putting pressure on Louth County Council to help distribute the plan to parents by Friday, September 14. 

Ms. Rafferty said: "We have 750 pupils here. We're very concerned to get this information out to parents. Our school is in the centre of Bay Estate and there is very heavy traffic here at times. 

"We have requested that Louth County Council draw up a letter which we can issue to parents before the weekend. 

"My main concern is for the safety of the children. We want to have the road traffic management plan in place ahead of time so that we can reduce any mishaps and minimise disruption for local residents in the estate." 

Ms. Rafferty has also contacted members of Dundalk Gardai to police road traffic safety during the road closure. 

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