Cork County Council has confirmed that works on the Mallow Boardwalk Project which are expected to take place for a number of weeks will commence in early August.
The planned works will see the installation of new kerbing, new footpaths and the laying of ducting along with the relocation of the War of Independence Monument from its existing location on the bridge parapet to a safer, purpose-built space, in a new amenity area on the northern approach to the bridge.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, said that the commencement of the works was “good news for Mallow” and that the junction layout will “ultimately increase journey speeds, improve pedestrian crossings and increase safety for vehicles turning, especially HGV’s”.
“The streetscape in this area will be enhanced and the Boardwalk gives shared space for cyclists and pedestrians. It also reinforces the link between the residential southern area of Mallow and the town centre.
“It’s especially good news for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users on the bridge,” she said.
The Boardwalk, which is funded by Cork County Council and the EU through the Designated Urban Centres Grant Scheme managed by the Southern Assembly, allows for additional traffic turning lanes on the bridge to improve traffic flow in the town.
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, said that traffic studies and modelling show that the Boardwalk and associated extra traffic lane will produce “significant journey time reductions with associated sustainability, environmental and economic benefits to Mallow”.
“These works further complement the Council’s Project ACT initiative, ensuring our towns and villages are best placed to realise their full potential,” he said.
While the works are being programmed to minimise traffic disruption, works will involve stop/go traffic management with delays at the Junction of Park Road, Bridge Street and Mallow Bridge and the junction of the N72 and R620 expected.
Up to date Traffic Management details will be available on Cork County Alerts.