Re­fur­bish­ment works start on town cen­tre streets

TEM­PO­RARY ONE WAY TRAF­FIC SYS­TEM COMES INTO PLACE TO­MOR­ROW

The Argus - - NEWS - By MAR­GARET RODDY

WORK gets un­der­way this week on the €5.7mil­lion facelift for Clan­bras­sil Street and St Ni­cholas’ Quar­ter.

Con­trac­tor John Cradock Ltd, who was re­spon­si­ble for the highly praised Mar­ket Square re­fur­bish­ment, has moved in to start the ma­jor re­ju­ve­na­tion scheme which is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Novem­ber.

A tem­po­rary one way traf­fic sys­tem comes into place to­mor­row ( Wed­nes­day) which will see north­bound traf­fic be­ing di­verted at the Demesne along the Long Walk and The Lau­rels, emerg­ing at Church Street.

Traf­fic trav­el­ling south along Church Street and Clan­bras­sil Street will not be af­fected.

Con­struc­tion works will start at the Mar­ket Square end of Clan­bras­sil Street at the Ul­ster Bank, and will re­main on that side of the street for the first three months of the pro­ject. The work is be­ing car­ried out in phases in or­der to keep any dis­rup­tion to lo­cal busi­nesses, pedes­tri­ans, ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic and lo­cal res­i­dents to the min­i­mum.

The con­trac­tor has is­sued his first fort­nightly news­let­ter to the premises on the streets and the Coun­cil has ar­ranged for a fort­nightly meet­ing with the trader rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The re­fur­bish­ment pro­ject is a ma­jor un­der­tak­ing for Louth County Coun­cil and rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment to im­prove the heart of the town cen­tre stretch­ing from the Mar­ket Square to junc­tion of Bridge Street/John Street and the junc­tion of Li­nen­hall Street/Wolfe Tone Ter­race on ei­ther side of Saint Ni­cholas’ Church.

The to­tal cost of the pro­ject is €5,721,402, with €2mil­lion co-funded by the Ir­ish Gov­ern­ment and by the Euro­pean Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Fund.

The ar­chi­tect de­signed scheme in­cludes the pro­vi­sion of new gran­ite flag­stones and kerbs and the widen­ing of the foot­path to cre­ate an open space with plant­ing and seat­ing be­tween the two churches in the St Ni­cholas Quar­ter.

A new sculp­ture by Breda Mar­ron will be in­stalled at the St Ni­cholas plaza. De­signed to cap­ture the essence of two swans, it will sym­bol­ise the trans­for­ma­tion of the area into a place of beauty, calm and con­nec­tion. The com­mis­sion was awarded to the Drogheda-based artist fol­low­ing an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

The pro­ject will also see the pro­vi­sion of safer pedes­trian cross­ings and the plant­ing of twenty new trees.

While the work is be­ing car­ried out, ex­ist­ing over­head ESB ca­bles will be placed un­der­ground and a new 500mm water main will be in­stalled in part­ner­ship with Ir­ish Water.

The CCTV sys­tem will be ex­tended in part­ner­ship with the Gar­dai and the town’s pub­lic wifi in­fra­struc­ture will also be ex­tended.

The pro­ject also in­cludes the in­stal­la­tion of new LED en­ergy ef­fi­cient street light­ing and new so­lar pow­ered park­ing me­ters along the streets.

Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent Pat McCormick wel­comed the start of the work.

‘It is great to see the in­vest­ment go­ing in and the recog­ni­tion that Clan­bras­sil Street is still the cen­tre and heart of the town and the need to up­grade all the pub­lic spa­ces, road and foot­paths.’

He said that while un­for­tu­nately in or­der to do this, there will be some dis­rup­tion but he was glad that the con­trac­tor would be do­ing the work in stages so that the street would be open and there would be ac­cess to the shops and busi­nesses.

An illustration of Clan­bras­sil Street with the junc­tion of Church Street and Yorke Street.

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