Cork: Grand Parade - Why is it taking so long?

Cork: Grand Parade - Why is it taking so long?

Postby MrX » Mon May 28, 2007 5:36 pm

I'm just wondering what's going on with the repaving project on the Grand Parade in Cork. It seems to be taking for ever. I have never seen a paving project run that way before anywhere, it's incrediably slow.

Why is it being delayed?

Patrick's Street also took an eternity to complete.

Are there some kind of unforseen structural issues or something?
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Re: Cork: Grand Parade - Why is it taking so long?

Postby d_d_dallas » Tue May 29, 2007 10:54 am

well it is a 300 year old culverted channel of the Lee, and I do recall the Lee being exposed during the works on the pedestrian crossing at Daunts Sq, so possibly yes there could be significant structural issues
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Re: Cork: Grand Parade - Why is it taking so long?

Postby Radioactiveman » Tue May 29, 2007 3:26 pm

It's actually running ahead of schedule.
The quality of the refit is such that it will take longer than say the recent refit in Blackpool or Shandon Street or the bottom of Barrack Street -- all terrible, cheap jobs.
At least Grand Parade is being done right!
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Re: Cork: Grand Parade - Why is it taking so long?

Postby who_me » Wed May 30, 2007 6:04 pm

Radioactiveman wrote:It's actually running ahead of schedule.
The quality of the refit is such that it will take longer than say the recent refit in Blackpool or Shandon Street or the bottom of Barrack Street -- all terrible, cheap jobs.
At least Grand Parade is being done right!


Living right by that area, I'm thrilled to see the paths widened there, even if it is a cheap job. But with all the poles going up there (the tall metal things, not the nation of stunning women and very hard working men) it's driving me nuts. I half expect to see a "Beware of Sign" sign going up soon.
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Re: Cork: Grand Parade - Why is it taking so long?

Postby PTB » Wed May 30, 2007 7:58 pm

Apparently one of the reasons that patricks street took so long was that there wasnt enough money for the work to be done at night, which would have sped up the job no end.

Thats the way it should have been done, and it would have caused an awful less amount of bother for the shopkeepers.
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Re: Cork: Grand Parade - Why is it taking so long?

Postby bosco » Thu May 31, 2007 9:13 am

who_me wrote:Living right by that area, I'm thrilled to see the paths widened there, even if it is a cheap job. But with all the poles going up there (the tall metal things, not the nation of stunning women and very hard working men) it's driving me nuts. I half expect to see a "Beware of Sign" sign going up soon.


Why are things done like that in Ireland? Why can't a single pole be used for traffic lights, street lighting, signposting, street names, cctv etc like they do elsewhere? E.g. - http://flickr.com/photos/royskeane/478376060/
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Re: Cork: Grand Parade - Why is it taking so long?

Postby Pug » Thu May 31, 2007 9:30 am

PTB wrote:Apparently one of the reasons that patricks street took so long was that there wasnt enough money for the work to be done at night, which would have sped up the job no end.

Thats the way it should have been done, and it would have caused an awful less amount of bother for the shopkeepers.


its not the money that would have stopped them, its classic irelands aversion to people working at night. if they worked at night, contract would be complete in 50 - 70% of the time, same cost
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Re: Cork: Grand Parade - Why is it taking so long?

Postby PTB » Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:58 pm

Yes but if the money was there to pay the higher night rate then people could have been got. i think the money was made available for the O'Connell street repaving, or some other project that the shopkeepers on Patricks street used at the time to point out the situation.
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Re: Cork: Grand Parade - Why is it taking so long?

Postby who_me » Fri Jun 01, 2007 4:08 pm

bosco wrote:Why are things done like that in Ireland? Why can't a single pole be used for traffic lights, street lighting, signposting, street names, cctv etc like they do elsewhere? E.g. - http://flickr.com/photos/royskeane/478376060/


Great photo - that's exactly how it should be.
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Re: Cork: Grand Parade - Why is it taking so long?

Postby phatman » Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:54 pm

Saw a sign on the way back from work today on Patrick's Quay....Grand Parade Renewal Works till December '07! Thought they would push for the Summer, but things seem to be quite laid back...didn't think it would take this frickin' long!:o
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Re: Cork: Grand Parade - Why is it taking so long?

Postby Micko » Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:41 pm

They must have started on the Grand Parade a year ago. I remember seeing the December 2007 sign at the time and was sure it was a typo and that it should have been December 2006. Was I wrong.
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