The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Dara Mulvey has welcomed the allocation of funding to progress Phase 02 of the O’ Connell street Enhancement Project.
Funding OConnell Street
Funding confirmed for next phase of O’Connell Street enhancement project
‘The allocation of €900,000 in funding was confirmed by the Department of Housing under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) as part of Project 2040. This funding combined with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will facilitate the completion of this flagship project for Sligo City.’
Phase 2 will continue the design principles that have been applied in the earlier phase. Work will continue on the new streetscape on O’Connell Street in both an easterly and westerly direction to Wine Street and lower Knox Street respectively. This approach will provide a seamless transition from one street to another, further adding to the pedestrian experience. Phase 2 will provide an upgraded junction (Wine Street/O’Connell Street/Lower Knox Street) incorporating new controlled pedestrian crossings. This will provide enhanced safety measures for vulnerable road users.
This phase of the project will continue to incorporate innovation by providing substantial measures to cater for future smart-technologies that may be employed for the exchange of data in the city area. These include the provision of Wi-Fi on the Street, gathering real-time environmental data, and monitoring pedestrian and traffic movements.
Tenders for the completion of Phase 02 are currently being evaluated, and it is envisaged that a contract for the works will be awarded in February of 2021. Acting Chief Executive Tom Kilfeather commended the Project Team for the quality of their work, and thanked the local businesses for their understanding and cooperation while the project is underway.