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Motorists in Dublin face severe disruption for a week with Luas Cross City works closing off the south quays in the city centre.
Both Aston Quay and Burgh Quay, either side of O’Connell Bridge, will be closed off to traffic from 8pm on August 4th to 8am on Saturday August 12th.
This will be done to allow a permanent road surface to be put in place to replace the one dug up for the Luas cross city works.
Traffic will be diverted away from the quays and proceed instead up D’Olier Street and College Green through Dame Street and Lord Edward Street re-emerging on to Merchant’s Quay.
To facilitate motorists, the bus gate at rush hour will be suspended. There will be local access for business owners in the area through Fleet Street.
Traffic on the north quays is also likely to be affected with remedial works taking place on Bachelors Quay, though it will not be closed to traffic.
Luas Cross City communications director Gráinne Mackin acknowledged that the disruption will be significant, but she said such works will be the last major disruption before the new Luas services begins running in December.
She said the work is being carried out at the quietest time of year during the August Bank Holiday weekend and the week afterwards when the schools are off and many people are on holidays.
“All the numbers show that this time of year is the best time of year for doing this work. Before you know it you are into September,” she said.
“This is a significant programme of work which will see the road being built up from the base. Now is the time to fully rebuild the road. It is more than a repair. It is a full scale reconstruction.”
Dublin Chamber of Commerce spokesman Graeme McQueen said its members acknowledged that this was work that had to be done.
“If anything, it is being done at the right time. Disruption is never ideal, but we hope that this work is done as quickly as possible. The end is in sight.”
Gardaí have advised motorists to avoid the city centre if possible especially those attending matches in Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium.