Flagship project is to get under way in the coming months
Sligo County Council say that the start date of the O'Connell Street Enhancement works has not yet been set, but it will be in the coming months.
The O'Connell Street Enhancement project will see the refurbishment of Sligo's busiest commercial zone and pedestrian thoroughfare and will contribute to the creation of a vibrant, sustainable inner-city core, a place where people will want to re-locate to, where locals want to remain, where emigrants want to return and where business and employers want to settle.
This project is the initial step in the provision of the global public realm strategy for Sligo city and is considered a flagship project on which the design ethos and rational for other projects shall be based.
Sligo County Council's Director of Services Tom Kilfeather says the project is about more than the enhancement of the streetscape.
"The works will include substantial measures to cater for future smart-technologies that may be employed for the exchange of data in the city area.
"There are positive developments all over County Sligo and our local communities have benefited from significant capital funding on a range of major road projects."
Paul O'Rourke, Senior Executive Engineer with Sligo County Council confirmed that a new traffic management plan will be adopted around Sligo town centre to ease disruption caused by works on O'Connell Street, and the eventual closure of the street to traffic.
"There will be a traffic management system in place, but we don't have the details yet as we are just waiting for the contractors to confirm their plans," he told The Sligo Champion.
Business and property owners on O'Connell Street were invited to attend information evenings where the project was presented and discussed.
"I'm sure the majority of them are going to be happy once the work is done.
"I'm sure when work is being done outside your door it's not ideal but they realise that it's work that has to be done eventually and once the work is done they will see the benefits of that," O'Rourke told The Sligo Champion.