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Warning over 'abnormal loads' on some roads this week

Road users in Limerick and Cork are asked to try and avoid using certain parts of the N20 and N69 during certain times of the day.

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TRAVELLING TO OR from Cork or Limerick over the next two weeks?

Keep an eye out for ‘abnormal loads’ on the roads, gardaí are warning.

They are advising people that from Wednesday (7 May), it is anticipated that delays will occur along the N20 between Charleville, Co Cork and Limerick City, and along the N69 from Limerick City to Foynes, Co Limerick because of the transportation of abnormal loads from Charleville to Foynes along these routes.

The delays will occur along this route from 10am to 5pm on Wednesday 7 May; Friday 9 May; Tuesday 13 May and Thursday 15 May.

They’re asking all road users to “exercise caution and patience” when travelling along the planned route when the convoys are present.

Abnormal loads

The abnormal loads being transported are significantly higher and wider than normal loads, and will extend around two feet beyond the width of standard HGV trailers.

Members of the Gardaí will escort the loads while they are travelling on public roads.

Because of their size, gardaí are advising road users, if possible, to avoid travelling along this route while the convoys are present, or alternatively travel along this route prior to 10am and after 5pm on the relevant days.

If it is necessary for you to travel along this route on the specified days, then we would advise you to allow additional time for your journey.

Overtaking the convoys by following traffic won’t be allowed due to the size of the loads, except on wide sections of the road when the Gardaí will signal to following traffic that it is safe to overtake.

Road users can also expect Gardaí travelling in front of the convoys to either direct them as far onto the left hand side of the road as is possible, or direct them to stop while the convoy passes against them.

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