Reconstruction of the existing masonry arch bridge adjacent the Railway station on the Fethard Road is currently underway, with contractor John Cradock Civil Engineering having started work on site in late April. The existing bridge is being partly demolished and will be reconstructed using precast concrete beams which are currently being fabricated on site. The bridge will also be widened eastwards to cater for three lanes of traffic (one outbound and two inbound) and 2m wide pedestrian footpaths each side of the bridge. The provision of an additional footpath in particular will provide much safer access for pedestrians with the additional traffic lane improving vehicular capacity.
The existing Fethard Road / Thomas Street junction will be replaced by a 28m ICD roundabout with the widened bridge allowing for improved horizontal and vertical road alignment over the railway, connecting to the roundabout on the existing N24. The new bridge parapets and approach walls, which are being precast on site, will be faced with limestone to match as much as possible the existing structure.
All demolition works, beam placement and foundation excavation will be carried out under night time track possession arranged through Iarnród Éireann’s Divisional Engineers office at Limerick Junction. This will ensure minimal impact on train services servicing Clonmel station. The project will require the closure of the road for approximately ten days to complete the roadworks. This closure is currently programmed for September. The project is expected to be completed in November 2012.
Client for the project is Clonmel Borough Council, with PUNCH Consulting Engineers acting as Engineer and Project Manager.
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