A lane of traffic of the Mallow Bridge is to close for the month of August to allow for the construction of a new pedestrian boardwalk.
The northbound lane for cars headingtoto Mallow is to close from this Monday with the closure remaining in place until August 31.
Traffic will be diverted via the R619 and the N20. The southbound lane will remain open to traffic with traffic from Bridge Street and the Park Road allowed to travel over the bridge while traffic from Ballydaheen and Bearforest/Killavullen Road and will be detoured.
The 200-year-old bridge which spans the River Blackwater is a protected structure and a major access route to Mallow Town Centre.
Cork County Council recently signed contracts for the €2.35m boardwalk development.
The boardwalk will be affixed on the western spandrel wall of the bridge and the subsequent removal of the footpath on the bridge will give space for the addition of traffic turning lanes which are expected to improve traffic flow in this area.
The total projected cost of the boardwalk is €2.35 million, €1.35 million of which will be funded by Cork County Council, and the remaining €1 million co-financed by an EU allocated Designated Urban Centres Grant.
The boardwalk has been designed to minimise works between the bridge parapets thereby reducing traffic disruption during construction.
Cork company, Cumnor Construction Ltd., will construct the boardwalk.