Mallow is to have a new boardwalk on the western wall of Mallow Bridge by the end of the year, under new plans announced today by Cork County Council.
The bridge, spanning the River Blackwater, is a recorded protected structure dating back to 1712 and is a major access route to the 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.
Council CEO Tim Lucey said the boardwalk will ‘markedly improve access to the town centre for residents of areas to the south of Mallow’.
“This Boardwalk will facilitate shared space for cyclists and pedestrians,” he said. “It will not only greatly improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users on the bridge it will also contribute many associated sustainability, environmental and economic benefits to the town.”
The boardwalk, designed to minimise visual impact on the bridge, is to be constructed on the western spandrel wall.
The existing footpath on the bridge can then be removed allowing for the addition of traffic turning lanes, greatly improving traffic flow across the bridge and resulting in significantly reduced journey times for drivers.
County Mayor Gerard Patrick Murphy praised the proposals: "It’s a win-win for everybody and will enhance the quality of life for the whole community.”
A public information evening will be held at the Hibernian Hotel on Wednesday April 17, from 4pm to 9pm and all interested parties are invited to view plans of the proposed works.
Works are expected to commence in June of this year and will take from 4 to 5 months to complete.
Night time works will be carried out to minimise traffic disruption. Some of the night time works will require a full road closure over the bridge with diversions in place.
The Council said full time lane closure and associated detours will be necessary for a period, and will be confined to the school summer holiday period where possible.