Project Manager Outlines Main Challenges
Sligo Local Authorities Project Manager for the Inner Relief Road Paul Canning maintains that while they faced many difficulties and challenges on the contract, he was always confident they would bring it in ahead of schedule.
‘Arguably the most difficult problem we faced was delivering a project of this scale in a busy urban setting .At times it caused severe disruption for motorists and pedestrians, but by and large people were very understanding and could look ahead to the many benefits the completed project will bring.’
Major excavation took place at College Road in close proximity to Garden Hill Hospital and the Manse Building. This involved specialist work using board piles to hold back these buildings prior to excavation. The key wall was constructed without great difficulty using steel sheet piles.
The landscaping was carried out by “Grange Mor” which consisted of planting trees, shrubs etc along the route. Wild flower planting was used on the embankments and the grass areas on the runabouts and verges. The hard landscaping was carried out by “Acheson-Glover” on footpaths and medium strips. Landscaping is also a feature of the set down area at Summerhill.
Ahead of Schedule
The Inner Relief Road was originally a twenty month contract but was completed in sixteen months, a saving of eight months. Credit is due to the Contractor, “Ascon” who applied sufficient resources to carry out the work efficiently, effectively and with minimum inconvenience. Favourable weather conditions during the earth moving season were a contributory factor
The Inner Relief road is the largest road project undertaken in the county comprising of 4.6km of standard dual carriageway and 1km of single carriageway at a cost of €74m.
The benefits of this new road are numerous. Although is a relatively short length of road the benefits are based on the movement of traffic thus reducing traffic delays, tailback etc considerably. Traffic can travel into and out of Sligo faster with six new access points on and off the Inner Relief. Shoppers can drive directly into the centre of Sligo with easy access to new and improved parking facilities. The Inner Relief road has also introduced time savings for those who are by-passing the city.
With the opening of the Inner Relief there will be a significant reduction in the traffic noise, air pollution, etc particularly on Adelade Street, Union Street and Pearse Road. This new road will also pave the way for the pedestrianisation of city centre streets.
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