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Contract Signed for €1.35 million for Roads and Services Upgrade Works at Graball Bay

Writes Tara Maher

Cork County Council has appointed contractor Priority Construction Ltd. to install a new foul and storm sewer at Graball bay including watermains upgrade as part of a €1.35million Graball bay roads and services upgrade contract.

Currently, dwellings within the Graball bay catchment are served by individual septic tanks and soak ways which discharge directly to groundwater. The 370 meters of new gravity sewers being installed as part of this contract will serve the existing western Graball bay catchment and provide the opportunity for existing dwellings to connect to the sewer network and to decommission their on-site treatment systems. This contract represents the first phase of a larger plan to provide a complete sewerage collection network for the area where it is intended to convey these flows via a combination of gravity foul sewers and a pumped rising main, to the existing sewer network serving Crosshaven.

This contract includes the installation of a separate surface water collection pipe on Graball bay road and upgrade to the existing chamber and outfall at the end of Point Lane.

The existing watermain serving the settlement consists of a combination of UPVC and cast-Iron pipework that are subject to frequent bursts. In conjunction with Irish Water this watermain will be replaced as part of this contract.

Upon completion of the service installation, the Graball bay road will be re- graded and surfaced with tarmacadam.

Considering the narrow width of the local access road there will be a requirement to close the road to facilitate excavation and pipe installation. Detailed consideration was given as to how this emergency access could be maintained at all times and concluded that temporary road would be required for construction phase of this project. It is proposed to construct a temporary access road across existing tillage lands to the South of Graball bay road linking Graball bay road to Church Bay Road. This temporary road will be removed upon completion of the contract.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Danny Collins welcomed the signing of this contract.

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