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Tuesday 23 April 2019

Public to get first glimpse of Mallow Bridge boardwalk plan

Plans will go on show at public meeting in Mallow on Wednesday

An artist's impression of the completed boardwalk
An artist's impression of the completed boardwalk

Bill Browne

The public will get the chance to view the final design for the proposed boardwalk on Mallow Bridge during an open information evening taking place next Wednesday from 4pm-9pm at the Hibernian Hotel. 

Speaking at the April meeting of the Kanturk/Mallow committee, senior engineer Jim Moloney said the design phase of the project had been completed and it was hoped that construction work will commence in June. 

Granted Part 8 planning permission by the former Mallow Town Council in 2012 the boardwalk, which is being funded jointly by the Council and the EU, will cost in the region of €2.1 million and will take four to five months to complete. 

It will allow for additional traffic turning lanes on the bridge, provide additional space for pedestrians and cyclists and, in the words of Mr Moloney, "greatly improve traffic flow in Mallow." 

The works will also entail the demolition of the public toilet block and the relocation of the Republican war monument from its current spot to a new amenity area on the northern approach to the bridge. 

"Members of the public are invited to view the plans for the proposed works, which will include details of the project and traffic management during construction phases," said Mr Moloney. 

Cllr Melissa Mullane said it was important that people were given an opportunity to view the design and the proposed traffic management plan that will be in operation during the construction phases.

"While some traffic disruption will be inevitable, I would ask that as much work as possible is done at night-time to minimise the impact of that," she said. 

While Cllr Gearoid Murphy pointed out that much of the work will be done during the school holidays, while traffic flows are at their lowest, he also requested the Council do what it can to ensure works were undertaken at night. 

"That said, it has to be recognised that there will be a certain amount of disruption in the short term in order to achieve the long term aim," he said.

Mr Moloney reiterated that point, adding that the design of the boardwalk had been specifically chosen to minimise disruption during construction.

He said that night works would be undertaken, some of which would require the full closure of the road over the bridge with diversions in place. 

"In addition it is envisaged that a full-time (day and night) lane closure and associated detour will be necessary for a period of time, which will be confined to the school holidays where possible," he said 

"For lane closures, traffic travelling out of the town will be allow to traverse over the bridge while all other traffic will be detoured via the R619 and N20. All of this will be made clear at the public meeting," he added. 

Staff from the Council's design office will be on hand to answer queries at the info night; see www.mapalerter.com.

• Mallow Bridge is an eight span masonry arch structure.

• When the bridge was first constructed in 1712, it originally comprised of 15 equal span masonry arches.

• It is thought that 11 of these arches were severely damaged during the Great flood of 1853 and were replaced by four cut limestone arches.

• The four remaining original arches are on the northen bank of the river and act primarily as flood relief arches.

• Mallow Bridge is listed in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage and is also a Protected Structure.

• The new boardwalk will be constructed on the western spandrel of the bridge to accomodate pedestrian traffic. This will see the removal of the existing footpath and allow for an additional turning lane to improve vehicular traffic flow across the bridge.

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