A section of Cobh's main thoroughfare is to close for two months as major construction works get underway to end the dumping of raw sewage into Cork Harbour.
The West Beach and East Beach road between the former Permanent TSB branch as far as The Wellhouse is to close to vehicle traffic from Monday with the closure remaining in place until November 30.
A section of the R624 road at Rushbrooke will also close from October 14 until November 25.
The closures are in place to accommodate the €144 million Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project that will see raw sewage from Cobh pumped through a new pipeline under the harbour and treated at the new Water Treatment Plant in Shanbally.
Significant construction works have already taken place in Passage West and Monkstown as part of the scheme and work will now move to Cobh.
Irish Water is carrying out the project in conjunction with Cork County Council.
From October 16, parking restrictions will be in place for the next year on a section of Lynch's Quay to accommodate the construction of a new pumping station.
Similar restrictions will also be in place at the station car park on a section close to the playground from October 7 until October 2020.
The road closure at West Beach and East Beach Road will result in traffic diversions along Rahilly Street and Wolfe Tone Street.
The footpaths on the street will remain open and the road closure will be lifted before the Christmas period from December 1.
However, further road closures will be in place in 2020 for further construction works.
The Rushbrooke closure will result in diversions over the High Road and Ballynoe Roads for the duration of the works.
The Cobh Town Networks contract includes the construction of five pumping stations and approximately seven kilometres of sewer pipes required to end the practice of raw sewage discharging from 19 outfall pipes around Cobh Town, directly into Cork harbour.
The entire project in Cobh, being carried out by contractors Farrans Sorensen Joint Venture, will take approximately two years to complete.
Déaglán Healy, Project manager for Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project said: “When we started construction of this project in 2015, the equivalent of 40,000 wheelie bins of raw sewage was discharging into the Harbour every day."
"We are now treating the equivalent of 30,000 of that 40,000 wheelie bins figure by completing the Shanbally Wastewater Treatment Plant and pipelines and pumping stations on the south side of the harbour so that wastewater from Ringaskiddy, Crosshaven, Carrigaline, Passage West and Monkstown is now being treated."
"I would encourage Cobh residents and businesses to contact the project team and register for regular project updates at email@example.com to help us keep you informed as we work together to clean up our harbour.”