Road strength­en­ing work on N25 to con­clude in Novem­ber

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Christy Parker

Castle­mar­tyr’s N25 road and pave­ment strength­en­ing scheme is set to con­clude to­wards the end of Novem­ber.

Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Ire­land (TII) has ad­vised Cllr Noel Collins that phase one of the project is 95% com­plete, with phase two at 70%.

A pro­posed foot­bridge scheme is also on track to pro­ceed, fol­low­ing a pro­cure­ment de­lay. The €3m pro­gramme, stretch­ing ap­prox­i­mately 2.2km to Knock­rane East, com­menced last March.

Funded by TII with a con­tri­bu­tion from Ir­ish Wa­ter, Car­rigt­wohill-based civil en­gi­neers Mar­tin O’Cal­laghan Ltd started the scheme last April un­der the man­age­ment of Cork County Coun­cil. The scheme in­volves re­plac­ing failed pave­ment sec­tions, in­clu­sive of strength­en­ing and resur­fac­ing with bi­tu­mi­nous tar­ma­cadam.

Fur­ther works in­clude storm wa­ter drainage, flood con­tain­ment em­bank­ment works, new foot­paths, kerbs and wa­ter mains, un­der­ground­ing of services, tree surgery, road­side drainage, traf­fic sig­nage, mark­ing and man­age­ment.

Phase one from Knock­ane Cross to The Maples es­tate has com­pleted ser­vice in­stal­la­tions and foot­paths. Phase two, from The Maples to River Bridge, has brought a new wa­ter main and storm sewer and new foot­paths as far as Wil­low es­tate.

New broad­band, ESB, pub­lic light­ing and Eir duct­ing are 20% short of com­ple­tion, while road base level pave­ment re­con­struc­tion is com­plete as far as the vil­lage en­trance. All road and foot­path re­in­state­ments are ex­pected to fin­ish this month.

Traf­fic man­age­ment through­out the scheme has run “very smoothly”, says Cllr Collins. Work at the vil­lage’s sig­nalised junc­tion is sched­uled to be­gin dur­ing the first fort­night in Novem­ber, with the traf­fic man­aged by flag­men. Resur­fac­ing will oc­cur at night-time.

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