O Connell Street Revitalisation Project aims to re-invent Limerick’s main street, expand pedestrian facilities, and provide dedicated cycling and public transport links.
The €9 million euro Revitalisation Project began in March 2021 but was delayed for some time due to the COVID-19 pandemic
By I Love Limerick correspondent Ellie McCarthy
Limerick City and County Council have said the completion date for the O Connell Street Revitalisation Project works is Friday, November 25, 2022.
The Revitalisation Project covers the area between the junctions of Denmark Street, Arthur’s Quay, Cecil Street, and Lower Cecil Street.
The aim of the project is to re-invent Limerick’s main street, expand pedestrian facilities, and provide dedicated cycling and public transport links.
The €9 million euro Revitalisation Project began in March 2021 but was delayed for some time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the contractor of the project has given the date of Friday, November 25 for the project’s completion, a plan has been put in place to facilitate the Christmas shopping period if for some reason the deadline is not met.
It has been decided that all works will stop on November 25 and will recommence in January 2023 if the project is not completed on time. This comes after discussions with business groups and traders.
Two lanes of traffic will be opened temporarily during the month of December and the new bus lane will not be administered until the very end of the project to avoid inconvenience.
Upon completion, the project will feature:
-Wider footpaths to facilitate people gathering, on-street trading, and ‘spill-out zones’ from shops and cafés on the street
-Provision of street furniture on the street including seating areas, trees, planting, bicycle stands, and lighting, as well as features such as sculptures, pedestrian plazas and water installations
-Dedicated cycle lanes to facilitate active travel
-Introduction of public transport infrastructure and reduction in the width of traffic lanes
-Raised table junctions to slow down traffic
-Relocation of parking and loading spaces from O Connell Street to adjacent side streets
The O Connell Street Revitalisation project is co-funded with the European Regional Development Fund’s S&E Regional Operational Programme 2014-20 Designated Urban Centres Grant Scheme and is managed by the Southern Regional Assembly, and Limerick City and County Council.
While there are some traffic restrictions in place, businesses remain open and accessible to the public.
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