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Grafton Street facelift moves a step closer

The long-awaited repaving of Grafton Street has moved a step closer with plans for the project entering the tendering stage.

After much consultation with the public and businesses, Dublin City Council says it is now moving forward with its plans for the Grafton Street quarter project.

It has published a notice on the Government's e-tender website seeking to put in place a framework agreement for the supply and delivery of natural stone products for the project, excluding works.

It is seeking tenders in relation to the supply of six different granite and limestone materials which will be used.

The estimated value of purchases ranged between €200,000 and €500,000.

The last time the street was repaved was over 20 years ago, when the iconic red brickwork was laid as part of the Dublin millennium projects at a cost of €500,000.

However, the Council has previously said that the brick- paved surface laid in the mid- 1980s has suffered badly in recent years. It is now at the point where it is necessary for repair crews to attend on an almost daily basis.

The paving work is set to begin early next year, and should be completed in around 14 months. The council has already said that it would phase the works to ensure that businesses remain open.

The work is to be the first in a series of improvements for the area. It will involve the removal of the existing pavement for the length of the street from the junction of Nassau Street and Suffolk Street, just in front of the Molly Malone Statue to St Stephen's Green North.

The paving will be stripped back to the building line at each side of the street. All "street furniture" such as bins, bollards and poles will be removed and replaced.