Saturday 20 July 2019

Refurbishment works start on town centre streets

Temporary one way traffic system in place

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

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.

The Argus