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The proposed layout of the Mallow bridge junction once the boardwalk project has been completed

The proposed layout of the Mallow bridge junction once the boardwalk project has been completed

The proposed layout of the Mallow bridge junction once the boardwalk project has been completed

Works on the delayed €2.1 million Mallow Boardwalk scheme are due to recommence within the coming days when the contractor for the project returns from summer holidays.

Cork County Council confirmed that the works would swing back into full action in early August and are expected to continue for a number of weeks, with the project not expected to be completed until the final quarter of this year. 

However, the authority has warned locals that they can expect to experience further traffic delays at the bridge over the coming weeks as the project nears completion. 

The authority has said the next phase of works will see the installation of new footpaths and kerbing and the laying of utility ducting along the bridge. 

Another important element of the works will involve the relocation of the War of Independence memorial from its existing location on the bridge parapet to a new amenity area on the northern side of the bridge. 

County Mayor, Cllr Mary Lenihan Foley said the resumption of work on the project, which has been delayed over the summer due to the imposition of Covid related workplace restrictions was "good news for Mallow." 

"The new junction layout will ultimately increase journey  times through the town and increase safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users on the bridge. It will also reinforce the link between the residential southern area of Mallow and the town centre," she said. 

Cork County Council chief executive Tim Lucey said the project neatly dovetails with the authority's Project ACT initiative, which is aimed at stimulating business sectors and communities in county towns post Covid lockdown. 

"Traffic studies and modelling show the Boardwalk and associated extra traffic lane will produce significant journey time reductions with associated sustainability, environmental and economic benefits to Mallow," he said. 

While the council has said that it will do all within its power to limit traffic problems in the area, including working during the night-time, the work will entail some temporary lane closures and 'stop/go' traffic management. 

"While the works are being programmed to minimise traffic disruption, some disruption and delays at the Junction of Park Road, Bridge Street and Mallow Bridge are expected," said a council spokesperson. 

Regular progress updates on the project will be available on the council website at www.corkcoco.ie. In the meantime the fabrication of the steel boardwalk structure is being undertaken off-site ahead of its installation.

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