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Irish roads yield big investigation contracts

NORWEST HOLST Soil Engineering has been awarded two major ground investigation projects for new roads in the Republic of Ireland.

The first, a £1. 3M investigation for the Limerick Southern Bypass, was completed just before Easter.

The contract took six weeks and involved work on land and over water in the River Shannon for a proposed river tunnel.

Work has now started on an even larger scheme for the N3 north west of Dublin. Costing more than £3M, the Navan to Kells ground investigation is for a new 47km road from Clonee through Navan being built by client Meath County Council.

Consultant is Ove Arup.

Using 16 rigs, work is expected to last 10 weeks. An unusual aspect of the investigation is 8m deep trial pits for detailed inspection of the soils and bedrock.

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