A senior official with Cork County Council has said the long-awaited boardwalk on Mallow Bridge will open to pedestrians in October, almost two years after work on the project commenced.
ouncillors from the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District were given an update on the €2.1million project at their July monthly meeting following a request for a status report on it by Cllr Gearóid Murphy.
The project has been dogged by delays caused by COVID-related restrictions on working practices, with executive roads engineer Jim saying there had been good progress since work recommenced in earnest back in April.
He said that kerbing, new footpaths; and ducting for new traffic lights and public lighting at the junction of Park Road, Bridge Street and Mallow Bridge have all been completed, and ESB poles relocated.
As previously reported in The Corkman, the War of Independence monument, which had stood proudly on the parapet of Mallow Bridge and was temporarily removed to facilitate the works, has been restored, cleaned and relocated to a new plaza at the northern end of the bridge.
Mr Moloney said that, despite poor weather conditions in April and May, works also progressed on the bridge structure including the strengthening of its piers, the installation of anchors for the steel boardwalk structure and street-scaping works including street furniture. As the attached image shows, the fabrication of the steel structure – which is being done off-site due to its size, dimensions and complexity – is nearing completion. Mr Moloney said it was envisaged it will be delivered and installed in late August.
It is anticipated the installation process will necessitate some form of traffic management being put in place, with Mr Moloney saying a full schedule for the works, detailing how traffic will be managed, will be finalised before the end of this month.
Details, once ironed out, will be posted on Map Alerter at www.mapalerter.com.
Once this process is complete, the boardwalk will open to pedestrians in October, followed by the resurfacing on the road on the bridge, the reconfiguring of the junctions on either side of the bridge, and the installation of traffic lights.
Mr Moloney said the project would be fully completed by the end of November.
Councillors welcomed the update, with committee chair Cllr Murphy saying it was very positive news.
“The boardwalk and the additional traffic lane that is being put in place on the bridge will be a great resource for Mallow and will play a vitally important role in reducing traffic congestion in the town,” said Cllr Murphy.
“Unfortunately, construction has taken much longer than had originally been envisaged, but it is encouraging to see that the end is finally in sight. I would ask that any road closures take place during the school holidays wherever possible, in order to minimise traffic disruption at peak times,” he added.
In response to a query from Cllr Murphy, Mr Moloney said he was unable to say if the project would be completed within budget as that information was ‘commercially sensitive’.
“It will not be possible to give a report on this until the project has been completed,” he said.
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