Dublin City Council has announced that it has begun work on the Temple Bar Square Area Improvement Scheme.
The scheme covers approximately 2,400m² and encompasses Crown Alley, Temple Bar Square, Temple Bar Street and parts of Fownes Street Lower and Cope Street.
“It’s great to see this work commencing,” said the Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy.
“This area attracts approximately 60,000 pedestrians per day.
“Together with the ongoing works on Liffey Street, the decision to make Capel Street traffic-free and the plans for College Green, this is another important step in putting pedestrians at the heart of city life.”
The total cost of this project is €5 million and the work is expected to take 18 months to complete.
“This scheme will transform Temple Bar Square, including parts of Crown Alley and Fownes Street Lower,” said Dermot Collins from Dublin City Council’s Roads Section.
“The construction works will create a single surface finish between the buildings on each side of the Square, including removal of the steps on the central portion of the square.
“The construction works will also include levelling the height differential between kerbs and carriageway.
“The scheme design will incorporate tree planting, new bench seating and a new public lighting system.”
Temple Bar Street, located between Fownes Street Lower and Temple Lane South and Crown Alley will be reconstructed with granite footpaths and the traditional Temple Bar cobbled carriageways.
“Once completed, the project will result in a greatly enhanced public realm and pedestrian friendly space, which will facilitate more public and cultural activities,” the council says.
Full details of the scheme and proposed road closures will be published through dublincity.ie, in advance of their commencement.
Any revised traffic management arrangements will facilitate deliveries to within the project area.
Pedestrian access will be maintained to all premises affected by construction activity throughout the works.