All eight roundabouts from Junction 20 to Junction 21 leading into Arklow town have now been sponsored by local businesses under two different schemes.
Arklow Municipal District, having recognised the importance of having well-maintained approach roads into Arklow, has been innovative with the introduction of County Wicklow’s first Roundabout Sponsorship Scheme three years ago.
Topline Bolands and Bridgewater are both responsible for maintaining their sponsored roundabout while Arklow Municipal District is currently putting in place a summer maintenance plan for the remaining six roundabouts. The improvement of these roundabouts will help to generate economic benefits and increase visitor numbers along with giving the town an identity.
Electrical works to light up the lantern from the former lightship “Alf Skua”, which was placed on the roundabout at Junction 20 onto the M11 motorway, have now been completed.
The lighting will now highlight the lantern which has been extensively refurbished and restored to its former glory. It represents a tribute to the maritime history of Arklow town and has already become a recognisable landmark within the area for locals and visitors alike.
Works based around a coastal theme are also nearing completion on the two roundabouts at Junction 21.
Cllr Miriam Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District, stated: “I would like to thank the businesses who have sponsored all eight roundabouts, along with other businesses in Arklow Town who have contributed in any way to improving each of the roundabouts.
“A special thanks to the Arklow Tidy Towns who have maintained some of the roundabouts over the years. I also wish to acknowledge the work undertaken by the staff of Arklow Municipal District who introduced the scheme and the engineering staff who have worked with contractors and overseen the works on each roundabout.”