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No end in sight to jams after quay wall collapse

MOTORISTS have been told there is no definite timetable for the reopening of Dublin's Wolfe Tone Quay.

Dublin City Council said its engineers are still assessing the damage, which was caused in last week's floods.

Commuters have had to put up with severe delays following the partial collapse of a quay wall during the deluge.

The city council said the river wall had moved 100mm and would need extensive repair works.

It means a main city artery has been reduced from three to two lanes of traffic, with one of the corridors remaining solely for buses.



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"(The damage) is still being assessed. "We won't have any information on it this week," a spokeswoman for the council told the Herald.

Engineers are gauging what work needs to be carried out for the lane to be reinstated for public use.

The council undertook remedial work within days of the damage occurring.

City engineer Michael Phillips has described the split in the surface as "fairly severe", adding 100mm is a "large movement".

In addition, the repair works will have to be sensitive because the wall is so old, he said.

Some people have speculated the repairs could be ongoing for an extended period.

Former Green Party Junior Minister Ciaran Cuffe, who posted an online photo of the damage, was among those suggested the disruption might take longer than expected.

"That gaping crack on Wolfe Tone Quay could affect Dublin life and traffic for a long long time," Mr Cuffe wrote.

Another major thoroughfare in the city, Chesterfield Avenue in the Phoenix Park, remains closed due to planned road works.

The situation has exacerbated traffic congestion problems in the city area, though the difficulties have been eased somewhat by the schools being off this week.

The Office of Public Works (OPW), which is carrying out the project, told the Herald the anticipated completion date is "as originally programmed" early December.

comurphy@herald.ie


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