Explore the Plans for Mallow’s Boardwalk!
Cork County Council has announced plans to develop a boardwalk on the western wall of Mallow Bridge with €1 million co-financing coming from the Southern & Eastern Regional Programme 14-20 which is managed by the Southern Regional Assembly.
The bridge which spans the River Blackwater is a protected structure dating back to 1712 and is a major access route to Mallow Town Centre. The proposed boardwalk development is estimated to cost in the region of €2.2 million and will be funded by the Council and the Designated Urban Centres Grant Scheme, Priority 5 of the Regional Programme.
Designed to minimise visual impact on the bridge, the boardwalk will be constructed on the western spandrel wall. The existing footpath on the bridge will be removed allowing for the addition of traffic turning lanes, greatly improving traffic flow across the bridge and resulting in significantly reduced journey times for drivers.
Mayor of the County, Cllr Gerard Patrick Murphy said, “traffic studies has shown that the boardwalk and the extra traffic lane will reduce journey times for motorists and provide safe and easy access for pedestrians and cyclists to the town – It’s a win-win for everybody and will enhance the quality of life for the whole community.”
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, said, “This boardwalk will facilitate shared space for cyclists and pedestrians and will markedly improve access to the town centre for residents of areas to the south of Mallow. It will not only greatly improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users on the bridge it will also contribute many associated sustainability, environmental and economic benefits to the town.”
Works are expected to commence in June of this year and will take from 4 to 5 months to complete.
Visit Cork County Council’s website for further information on the Mallow Boardwalk.
Click here for more information on the Designated Urban Centres Grant Scheme.