A significant milestone will be reached on The Church Street Enhancement Project with the reopening of the Orange Loop one way westbound traffic system for all bar HGV’s on Friday next the 11th May.
The works to the top of Griffith Street are to a high standard and will be completed on schedule by contractors for the scheme, John Craddock Ltd, allowing one way westbound traffic flow through the town again.
Athlone remained fully open for business throughout this initial phase of the works and the emerging streetscape improvements are now becoming evident. As the works progress along Church Street there will be diversions of traffic onto the Strand but vehicle and pedestrian access to Church Street will continue to be maintained throughout.
The transformative €4 million enhancement scheme, which is supported under the EU Urban Designated Fund, supports the sustained and future growth of the town by revitalising the heart of Athlone’s central shopping area both aesthetically and in terms of accessibility.
Mayor Aengus O’Rourke thanked the local community for their patience and support during this important development project and apologised for any inconvenience.
“The newly enhanced, high quality area, due to be completed in 2018, will be an inviting, welcoming space for shoppers, tourists, pedestrians and the wider local community, allowing the area to flourish as a thriving shopping, business and social district. The overall aim of the project is to reinvigorate the retail viability of the area by creating more opportunities for people to gather and spend time, contributing to the economic development of the town centre. A new public space at Custume Place will provide a greatly improved image of Church Street when approaching from the heritage/ Shannon area of the town. This will include a plaza area complete with street furniture, bicycle stands and street lighting, as well as planters with flower beds, foliage and native trees. Natural native materials, including granite and Irish blue limestone will be used throughout”.
Weekly liaison meetings continue to be held with Athlone Chamber of Commerce, Westmeath County Council, local traders (Living Environment) and the contractor where ongoing progress is outlined and issues discussed. Minutes of these meetings are available HERE.
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