Construction work installing a boardwalk to Mallow Bridge will finish this month to prevent disruption up to and during the Christmas period.
So far the work to the western side of the bridge includes the relocation of ducting; the installation of new service ducts; new water mains; removal of electrical poles; undergrounding of electrical lines and the demolition of the disused public toilets.
Works have also taken place pointing and cleaning the existing bridge.
The bridge, spanning the River Blackwater, is a recorded protected structure dating back to 1712 and is a major access route to Mallow Town Centre. The proposed development will cost in the region of €1.2 million and will be funded by the Council and an EU grant worth €1million.
The northbound lane on Mallow Bridge was closed during the school mid-term break to facilitate the installation of new traffic light and electrical ducting on the eastern side of the bridge.
Remaining work on the project includes new paving and changes to the footpaths at the Park Road junction; upgrading of the traffic lights; a new road surface and the installation of the boardwalk.
Fabrication of the steel boardwalk structure will take place off-site and given the horizontal and vertical curvature of the bridge and complexity of the structure, the boardwalk will take a number of months to build.
The contractor will leave the site this month and then recommence work in 2020. It is envisaged that the boardwalk will be installed next summer.