Bridge Street Work Will Have To Wait A While

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Work on resurfacing The Mall this year will finish at the corner of Carraig Donn shop and The Square.

BRIDGE Street won’t be part of the first phase of the Tralee town centre works due to commence in May and it may be a while before resurfacing takes place there due to lack of funding.

When the plans were initially announced last May, artists impressions of a resurfaced Russell Street and Bridge Street appeared. The Council has planning approval to undertake the works, however they will have to wait until further funding becomes available.

It was also decided to wait until a decision on the use of the Denny Site was made before formulating a plan for a more coherent link between Russell Street/Bridge Street and the town centre.

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The architect’s impression of how Bridge Street (above) and Russell Street (below) would look after completed works, released last year. Works on the streets will not commence until funding becomes available.

This was explained by Kerry County Council Senior Engineer, Eamon Scanlan, at a press briefing on the works in the town centre on Monday.

“We have a lot of the work done in advance. We have a far clearer handle on the costings and materials so it should be a lot more straightforward a process. Hopefully we’ll have shown to the town that we can do it in a way that keeps the town open for business and delivers a quality town centre and they would embrace the works when that time comes,” said Mr Scanlan.

The plan for phase one was to have the works stretch from The Mall up to the Dunnes Stores building on Bridge Street, but now funding constraints mean the work will finish at the Carraig Donn corner of the Square instead.

“We wanted to make sure that either entrance from The Mall to the Square had the nice stonework leading into each other,” he said.

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Mr Scanlan also explained that The Square would be used in the mornings and a period in the afternoons for deliveries to traders in The Mall while the works are going on.

Smaller vehicles will be allowed in rather than heavy good vehicles. They will come in via Dominick Street and leave via the Carraig Donn entrance/exit.

The works on the Mall are due to begin in early May, after Denny Street becomes a two-way.

How the Mall will look after the works this year.

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