Donabate bridge widening works terminated by Fingal County Council

by Sylvia Pownall
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Road widening works at Donabate railway bridge have ground to a halt after Fingal County Council terminated the contract for the Hearse Road upgrade.

The local authority has parted ways with Tilbury Construction and now intends to retender for the project, which is unlikely to resume before next March.

The council’s director of planning and strategic infrastructure, AnnMarie Farrelly, apologised for the inconvenience the delay will cause, adding that the project “continues to be a key priority”.

Funding for the road upgrade, which forms part of the planning conditions attached to the construction of the National Forensic Hospital, has yet to be transferred to Fingal County Council from the HSE.

Supporting Proper Development in Donabate (SPDD) expressed outrage over the latest set-back and said residents had been assured that a contractual issue that arose had been rectified and works would be completed by March.

A spokesperson for SPDD said the traffic situation for residents on the peninsula was intolerable, with long tailbacks now a regular feature at rush hours, adding: “It is unacceptable that the area is under such strain at a time when the council is granting permission for so many construction projects.”

Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF) said while he was “extremely disappointed” to hear the council had taken the “drastic decision” to axe the contract, it came as no surprise.

He told Dublin Gazette: “The contractor was supposed to have commenced these works in June with a completion date of August.

“This was pushed out month by month and I understand in recent months the contractor gave a definite commitment to start works in October.

“However, little to no progress has been made and in fact, the one day we did see activity on site, this brought utter chaos to the village.”

Cllr Henchy said although the council’s decision was regrettable, he fully supported it, though he would have preferred the move sooner rather than later.

He said it was his understanding that no monies had been transferred to the contractor.

Cllr Henchy added: “If anybody deserves the anger of the local community it is the Government and An Bord Pleanala for the monumental catastrophic decision of granting permission for the construction of the National Forensic Hospital in 2015, without the distributor road or a construction bypass road being put in place first.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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