The Site Investigation (SI) contract, forming part of the early investigations into the scheme design and alignment, has been awarded to Priority Geotechnical Limited (PGL). The contractors will be carrying out a survey involving bore holes, slit trenches and trial pits around the study area. The aim will be to determine what the ground conditions are like and therefore help with the design of the foundations of any walls, embankments and other structures that are likely to form part of the flood relief scheme. It is important that this work is carried out at an early stage in the options assessment process as ground conditions play an important part in determining the costs of various scheme options.
A start up meeting was held with PGL yesterday, and they are programmed to begin work on site in the next 3-4 weeks. Landowners who will be specifically impacted by the works will be contacted by Laois County Council in the next couple of weeks.
SI work falls under the classification of construction and is therefore deemed an essential service and is permitted to progress under Level 5 COVID restrictions. PGL have a COVID risk assessment in place and will be following approved protocols for working in Mountmellick.
Any questions in the meantime can be directed to the project team via the 'Contact Us' page.