THE LATEST UTILITY works for the Luas Cross City project have begun, leading to some changes around Dublin’s city centre.
At St Stephen’s Green, new boarding is being put in place to shield the works – and they have gone for a nostalgic feel with black and white photographs of the park of old:
During the course of the utility works, all road users will be affected to various extents, as the construction works progress. The works are being undertaken to connect the red and green lines, and extend the existing line.
The utility works will take place at:
- St Stephen’s Green North
- Grafton Street (lower) at College Green
- Hawkins Street
- Westmoreland Street
- O’Connell Street
- Parnell Street at Marlborough Street
Due to this, traffic management measures will be in place to ensure things move smoothly for city traffic and pedestrians.
The full details of the works can be found here.
Last year saw the infilling of Georgian cellars, with work taking place on 327 of them. Now that this phase has been completed, a new stage of the utility works is being undertaken.
The workers will construct 40 deep drainage manholes, deal with 1,220m of sewer ‘rehabilitation’, and also deal with gas services, water services, telecom services, ESB services and carriageway reinstatement during this phase of works.
GMC utility group was appointed contractor and work began yesterday in six places simultaneously.
For people with questions about the works, a public information and communications office has been opened at Royal Hibernian Way, while the official website is being updated on a regular basis.
As part of the works, some taxi ranks are being or will be affected:
St Stephen’s Green ranks
There are two ranks on St Stephen’s Green North, and at all times during the works, one of these ranks will remain in operation. When one of these ranks is suspended, a temporary rank will be established on St Stephen’s Green North, east of Dawson Street on the north side of the roadway.
The works will take place for four months here.
Dawson Street ranks
The date for the commencement of works on Dawson Street has not been finalised. When they begin, the ranks will be replaced with temporary full-time ranks on Molesworth Street.
Grafton Street rank
The initial works, which will take approximately four weeks, will not affect either of the two ranks. At a later stage, when these ranks are suspended, they will be replaced by a temporary full-time rank on Nassau St, and an extension of the Foster place rank to operate full time.
Westmoreland Street rank
The initial works, which began yesterday, will not affect this rank. When this rank is suspended, temporary nearby arrangements will be incorporated into the traffic management plan for the works.
O’ Connell Bridge rank
The date for the commencement of works in this area has not been finalised. However, when this rank is suspended, temporary nearby arrangements will be incorporated into the Traffic Management Plan for the works.
O’ Connell Street Upper ranks
The date for the commencement of works in this area has not been finalised, but at all times during the utility works, one of these ranks will remain in operation. When these ranks are suspended they will be replaced with 10 temporary full-time spaces on Marlborough Street.
Works began yesterday, and the six spaces will be accommodated locally in Marlborough Place.