Cork County Council has contracted works for the North Cork Road Recycling & Surface Dressing 2020 Project. The works, contracted to Thomas Murphy & Sons Machinery Ltd, are planned for the month of August in the Newmarket & Charleville areas.

The process of road recycling involves the mixing of bitumen emulsion and cement with recycled material from the existing road pavement. This process is suitable for rural roads and can provide substantial environmental benefits including a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, a reduction in carbon footprint, a reduction in the haulage of material and the conservation of natural resources.

The contract, valued at almost €800,000, covers approximately 9km of road improvement works in rural roads at 5 sites in North Cork. The scope of works includes road recycling, resurfacing and road markings. Falling under Cork County Council’s Project ACT, the completed works will improve local access and promote travel to towns and villages in the region, supporting economic and social recovery following Covid 19.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Ian Doyle welcomed the news saying:

“I am proud to see Cork County Council taking innovative and environmentally conscious steps in delivering vital services to our communities. These works will enhance access to towns and villages in the region, while improving the safety of our road network for all road users in North Cork. The Road Recycling and Surface Dressing works this year will support other Project ACT initiatives to help us all adapt and thrive in times to come.”

Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey said:

“The North Cork Road Recycling and Surface Dressing initiative is an important investment, as part of Project ACT, in the economic recovery of the region and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to sustainability. We will continually seek out new ways to improve service delivery and this project is an excellent example, providing necessary road improvements while acknowledging our responsibility to our communities and our environment.”

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