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Paving work on Dublin’s Grafton Street to begin and cost €2.2m

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Grafton Street, Dublin. Photo: Getty Images

Grafton Street, Dublin. Photo: Getty Images

Grafton Street, Dublin. Photo: Getty Images

WORK on re-paving the capital’s premier shopping street will begin at the end of the month.

Dublin City Council plans to begin replacing the brickwork on Grafton Street in just three weeks time, and the works will continue until November 2014.

The street was paved with the distinctive red brick in 1988, but footfall from thousands of shoppers and pedestrians every day means it has become uneven and tired.

The cost of replacing the brick is believed to be about €2.2m.

The first phase of the works begins on the section of the street between South King Street and Chatham Street.

Pedestrians and shoppers will be able to access the area during the works, and all businesses will remain open.

However, there will be some restrictions on vehicles, and changes to delivery schedules.  The first phase is expected to be completed at the end of August, when subsequent phases will commence.

“The overall improvement project for Grafton Street will take place in a series of phases in order to minimise disruption to businesses and the public,” the council said.

“The improvements will continue until November, with a cessation of works to facilitate the Christmas and New Year shopping periods.  Works will re-commence in January 2014 and continue until November 2014. “

Further details on the project phasing, materials to be used and images of how the street will look will be revealed later this month.

Water valves have already been replaced on the street, meaning disruption will be minimised.

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