Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Ceisteanna (93)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

93. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress to date in respect of a scheme (details supplied); when work is expected to commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21538/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The Lower Morell River Flood Management Scheme is being progressed by Kildare County Council (KCC) as the Contracting Authority with funding provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW).

The proposed Scheme along with an Environmental Impact Assessment Report was submitted to An Bord Pleanála (ABP) by the Council on 15 September, 2017. Approval for the scheme was received from ABP on 27 April 2018.

The Scheme comprises:

- construction or restoration of over 9,000 metres of sloped embankments;

- construction of up to 480 metres of flood walls to direct the flood water away from high risk areas;

- realignment of two streams; and up to 11 culvert alterations/upgrades.

Construction is expected to commence in August / September 2018 and will be undertaken over three years by OPW direct labour. Initial works will commence on site at the downstream end of the project. These works will include up to two kilometres of earthen embankments and the construction of reinforced concrete structures.

Further information and a detailed description of the proposed scheme can be accessed on the Lower Morell Flood Management Scheme website www.morellfms.ie.