Tuesday 22 May 2018

Have a say on plans to revamp streets

Plans for upgrade of Clanbrassil Street and St. Nicholas Quarter can be viewed in Town Hall

An illustration of how the streetscape will change under the plans.
An illustration of how the streetscape will change under the plans.

Margaret Roddy

Townspeople, traders, and everyone with an interest in the future of Dundalk is invited to go along and view the plans for a major upgrade to Clanbrassil Street and the St Nicholas Quarter, comprising Bridge Street, Linenhall Street, and North Gate Street, which are currently on display in the Town Hall.

The design report by award-winning BDP architects for the Part 8 Application outlines a vision for the rejuvenation of around 1,000 metres of streetscape along the town's main streets north of the Market Square.

The plan will see the footpaths on either side of Clanbrassil St widened with the central carriageway reduced to 6.4metres, with raised pedestrian crossings to help calm traffic. There will be no separate cycle lanes.

The area from Yorke St junction to the north of St Nicholas RC Church will be 'transformed visually to become a series of linked pedestrian spaces which frame vistas to both churches.' This will see the space in front of St Nicholas RC church being transformed into 'a new public plaza for the town', with the road being 'reclaimed as a pedestrian friendly area.' The area in front of the Green Church and the old Carroll's factory will be visually joined through a unified design.

The Northern Quarter from the back of St Nicholas RC to the river will benefit from a continuation of the new pavements while the biggest visual change in the area will come from the removal of the overhead wiring,

Pavements throughout the scheme will be of natural stone of a neutral grey/silver colour with existing granite kerbs reused, the roadway will be tarmac and the number of pedestrian crossings will be increased. While a number of trees ill be removed along the Clanbrassil St/Market St junction, others will be planted at key points such as pedestrian crossings. Raised planters will be provided to provide seating especially in the St Nicholas' Quarter, which has also been identified as an area where public art could be incorporated in the design.

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