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Repaving of Grafton Street will be worth disruption – council

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Crowd of people on Grafton street in Dublin, Ireland

Crowd of people on Grafton street in Dublin, Ireland

Crowd of people on Grafton street in Dublin, Ireland

THE multimillion-euro repaving of Grafton Street is to be done in five sections, with the St Stephen's Green phase beginning within weeks.

Considerable disruption will be caused to businesses and shoppers during the 17-month scheme but Dublin City Council is endeavouring to minimise the problems, it says.

The section from the top of Grafton Street to Chatham Street is to be relaid first, followed by the area between Suffolk Street and Wicklow Street.

It is understood both phases will take four months each to complete. The work will cease for eight weeks over Christmas and the New Year to facilitate festive shopping.

Pain

The Dublin City Business Association (DCBA) admitted the works will cause "pain" to traders but praised the council for keeping them informed.

"They have been very forthright and the interaction with the business community has been good," said DCBA chief executive David Brennan.

"The council understands the necessity that they get the work done in an efficient way.

"They have asked the DCBA for a representative to be on a committee which will deal with the man who is in charge of the project. There will be communication at all times," Mr Brennan added.

"My own view is that there will be pain but it will be managed in a much better fashion.

"I'm confident it will be managed properly," he told the Herald.

The council had decided to complete the lower end of the repaving in the second phase of the project as it did not want the work to clash with the laying of the new cross-city Luas track, Mr Brennan said.

Phase three of the Grafton Street scheme will take place between Wicklow Street and Duke Street. It will be followed by the final two sections, from Duke Street to South Anne Street and from South Anne Street to Chatham Street.

The project is to get under way in mid June.

Necessary

The council today released further details of how shoppers will be able to access Grafton Street once the work begins.

Despite the inconvenience, the repaving is necessary, Mr Brennan said, adding the "street has become dilapidated".

In giving approval to the project, city planners stipulated pedestrian access to the street be maintained for the duration of the scheme.

In a previous report, the council outlined the need to repave the thoroughfare.

"(Grafton Street's) existing 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," it said.

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