Works on the Rosslare coastal erosion and flood protection scheme will be completed by late 2027/early 2028 according to the contractor assigned to the job. First announced in 2018, the €7.5m works will seek to protect homes and public amenities in the area as climate change continues to wreak havoc on the Wexford coastline.
The contract for the works has been awarded to Nicholas O'Dwyer International Engineers & Environmentalists, and both the project manager and engineering lead were present at the July meeting of the Rosslare Municipal District to outline the nature of the works.
Kevin O’Connell is the engineering lead and he said the main objective of the works was to “manage and mitigate the risk of flooding in Rosslare, and to protect the properties and the amenity of the whole area for future generations to come”. The works will be carried out from Rosetown to The Spit with the flood relief scheme focusing on the harbour side of The Spit where “the Burrow Road is subject to flooding and needs to be upgraded to be protected for the people there”.
"The project started in March, it has five stages going on to construction,” continued Mr O’Connell. “The coastal hydrological analysis has been carried out, we’ve also done environmental baseline studies and we’re moving to incorporate that now into a local hydrodynamic model. Modelling should be complete in 4-6 weeks and we can then works towards option development.”
As the project continues Mr O’Connell said those living in the are are likely to see a topographic study being carried out in the Burrow road area and then later, within four months, a threshold survey will be carried out in the scheme area.
"We need to get the floor level of all properties in the area and any bricks which might be below the floor level,” he said. “All householders will receive notice about that in advance requesting their permission. There will be a public consultation towards the end of this year, September, October time, to inform the residents of the area what’s going on. The construction of the works is expected to take about 18 months and will hopefully be completed towards the end of 2027.”
Responding to fears regarding delays to the project from councillors, Mr O’Connell said he and the rest of them did not envisage any delays but that they would be adhering to best practises throughout the scheme’s timeline.
“A lot of schemes are being challenged (by An Bord Pleanala) for environmental or social reasons so we have to make sure it’s watertight, we don’t want to rush. Cost benefit analysis is part of the process that is required by the Office of Public Works (OPW). And I understand how sensitive and polarising they are and how people think they’re being weighed against money.”