THE next phase of works on the Skehard Road is due to start in the third quarter of 2019, with the overall project due to be finished by the middle of 2020.
It marks one of the biggest roadworks projects ongoing in the city centre and is designed to rapidly improve public transport times on one of the busiest roads in the city.
To date, works have included the widening of the road and the introduction of bus and cycle facilities.
The project is designed to help the thousands of residents, shoppers and workers in the area, including those in the City Gate complex and Mahon Point.
The 202 bus service - the busiest in the city - uses the Skehard Road to connect Mahon to the city centre, with Bus Éireann previously reporting that 1.8 million passenger trips are made on it each year.
Once the Skehard Road upgrade is completed, there will be a single, continuous bus lane from the city centre to Mahon, slashing journey times for bus users.
Gerry O Beirne, director of roads at City Hall, updated councillors on the planned works in a lengthy response to a query from local representative Nicholas O’Keeffe.
The current phase of work is ‘substantially complete’, Mr O Beirne said. “The contractor has a number of snag items to address.
“This includes some surfacing, tree planting, supplementary traffic signal heads, signage, repairs to footpaths, repairs to boundary walls and other minor repair items,” he noted in a report presented to Council.
Once these works are finished, City Hall will begin the process of appointing a contractor for phase 3 of the project, which focuses on the section of road from Church Road to the CSO Junction.
Construction on this stretch of road will start in the third quarter of 2019, though the timeframe is ‘subject to the acquisition of the required lands in the intervening period’, Mr O Beirne said. “Phase 3 is scheduled to be substantially complete in the second quarter of 2020 subject to it commencing in the third quarter of 2019,” he added.