The planned new school building
LIMERICK City and County Council is in the process of allocating funding for the long-awaited Croom Distributor Road, as the roads team ‘get their skates on’ to be ready for the new secondary school.
The road is expected to cost in the region of €4m or €5m, according to a council engineer.
Meanwhile, the new school building for Coláiste Chiaráin is expected to be delayed by a couple of months, meaning that it probably won’t be completed until at least early 2019.
Councillors from the Adare Rathkeale area were recently briefed on the chief executive’s report for the road, a project which will soon proceed to the tender stage.
“In terms of development, we are in the process of putting together a financing package to carry out the development. It’ll be carried out in phases, starting with the old Limerick Road section of the road. The school is opening in the near future so we will have to get our skates on in terms of that phase of the development,” said the engineer.
There was one “small realignment” made for a landowner as a result of a submission, but otherwise the project has been well-received locally and there are no issues with landowners, the councillors were told.
The first phase will connect the school, going from what is known as the ‘road to nowhere’ to the Croom Caherass Road.
“I welcome this distributor road, it’s a long time coming,” said Cllr Richard O’Donoghue.
“I’ve been talking to the landowners and there doesn’t seem to be any issues now. I’m delighted that we are moving on it,” he added.
The other councillors also welcomed news of the report.
The proposed road is located to the east of the old N20. The new project proposes to advance the unbuilt section of the existing distributor road to complete the link, and will be a total length of 1.2km - 800m of distributor road and 400m to link to the new secondary school.
The site is adjacent to existing residential areas and Croom national and secondary schools.
The plans state that the road will be a single carriageway which includes a cycleway and a footpath.
Development on the new secondary school building in Croom is now expected to run into 2019, as a contractor has yet to be appointed. It is expected that one will be appointed in the coming days ahead of an estimated 12-month build.
The school was originally planned to be open in time for September 2018.