One-way system on Athlone’s Church Street to start on February 15th

Church Street in Athlone will become one way from February 15th as part of a multimillion-euro enhancement of the town centre.

The plan, which was originally first proposed in September of 2015, will see traffic moving east to west down the street and the creation of an ‘orange loop’ for other traffic moving through the town.

Athlone district manager Pat Keating says the one-way system is essential for Athlone.

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Planned works will include developing a new plaza, placement of street furniture and lighting, as well as the removal of railings and bollards in order to allow traffic move from east to west down the busy street.

Kildare company John Craddock, which has previously worked on projects in Limerick and Tralee, have been appointed as the contractor with the major work to begin after the introduction of the one-way system this month.

Signage is to be erected in the coming days, while an extensive public information campaign is also being rolled out.

Work will take place during the day and from Monday to Friday as contractors seek to develop a new look Athlone town centre and Church Street

Mayor of Athlone Municipal District Aengus O’Rourke says it is a historic day.