Roadworks from Bohermore to Eyre Square expected to disrupt traffic in the area for the next month will get underway tomorrow.
Irish Water is carrying out roadworks along Prospect Hill and the Bohermore road between Eyre Square and Cookes Terrace from August 6 to September 6 in order to lay new water mains.
During this period there will be rolling lane closures on 100m stretches of the street to facilitate the works, which it is hoped will keep the impact on traffic to a minimum.
The daily lane closures will take place between 10am and 4pm each day while work is taking place.
The first week will consist of trial holing, and on August 12 open cut excavations will get underway at St. Anthony’s Terrace.
The timing of the roadworks has been the subject of some criticism, including from multiple city councillors concerned about the effect it will have during the summer visitor season.
But the council executive has defended its choice as the best course of action, saying that it had considered other options such as working at night, but they were deemed unsuitable.
The city council added that it will be monitoring the impact of the works on traffic during the first week, and will reconsider other options if necessary.
Irish water is laying the new water mains and installing over 2,000 customer connections in order to cut down on massive water leakage in the area.
According to the utility provider almost 750,000 litres of water is being lost to leaks daily in the Bohermore/Prospect Hill area, the equivalent of two Leisureland swimming pools every day.