WORKS on a temporary footpath extension are ongoing on one of Cork’s busiest streets.
The project on MacCurtain Street is part of Cork City Council’s reimagining of the city centre in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Work has been ongoing since last weekend, and is expected to be completed within the next three weeks.
A spokesperson for Cork City Council toldwhat the project entails: “This project involved the installation of a modular product made from recycled rubber to temporarily extend footpaths on the northern and southern sides of MacCurtain Street.
“The addition of this temporary space will allow for the expansion of different uses of the street, including street furniture.
“This is a very exciting project and the first time that this type of product has been used in Cork,” they added.
This work comes following the announcement of “transformational” works on MacCurtain Street in July, which are expected to result in improved pedestrian, cycling and public transport facilities on a number of streets in the area.
Permanent widening of the pavements is one of the central aspects to the plans, which it’s hoped will lend to a more “relaxed atmosphere” on the street.
It’s anticipated that wider footpaths as well as reduced speed and an upgraded public realm will create a more attractive environment for those living and working in, or visiting the area.
The MacCurtain Street Public Transport Improvement Scheme, from Cork City Council, in conjunction with the National Transport Authority, is touted as the next phase of the transition to a more sustainable transport system in the city.
Under the new plans two-way segregated cycle connectivity along St. Patrick’s Quay and Camden Quay, two way segregated cycle tracks on Merchants Quay and across Christy Ring Bridge, and new cycleways on Leitrim Street, are to be included which will connect with other cycling infrastructure in the city.
A reorganisation of traffic flows on MacCurtain Street is also expected to significantly reduce traffic volumes.
Submissions can be made on those proposals up until 5pm this Friday, September 11 online at https://consult.corkcity.ie/en