TWO new applications for road closures in Passage West have been submitted to Cork County Council by Irish Water.
Contractor Ward & Burke is currently carrying out works in the town as part of the Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project which entails the laying of 550 metres of gravity sewers.
The closures associated with the project have been the subject of concern from local businesses and residents about the effect they would have on the local economy and travel times.
The works on Cork Street (R610) also involve 15 associated chambers which will allow the gravity transfer of the existing sewage effluent from the local comminutor station (located to the west of Oysterhaven Boats) to the new pumping station constructed adjacent to the playground at in the town.
The latest works are proposed in thee parts. Part 1 would see 40m adjacent to Toureen Terrace closed from October 1 to October 16 — with work expected to be completed on October 12.
The second part – a 90m section adjacent to Toureen Terrace - would not require a closure and would have a two-week one lane, stop-go system from October 15 to 26.
The third part would require a closure from Toureen Terrace for five weeks from October 22 to November 23.
Irish Water has said that there will be a period during Part 3 works when that the Back Road/Fair Hill will be unavailable.
At that time the Back Road/Fair Hill may be accessed from the Church Hill side. Local traffic coming from the Rochestown side will have to turn right at the Rochestown Inn and travel via Monastery Road to access Passage West and Monkstown.
Councillor Seamus McGrath has concerns about this.
“Irish Water really do need to look at this again. The idea of closing the back road for any length of time will have enormous consequences. It will force people to use the upper road which isn’t suitable for high volumes of traffic at all,” he said.
“They really need to look at the work practices to see if the Back Road or Fair Hill can be retained for local traffic in so far as possible and I think, so far, Irish Water hasn’t come up with a credible proposal on that,” he added.