By Keith Bourke
Works to faciliatate the delivery of transatlantic fibre optic cable off the West Mayo coast got underway on Monday last.
Operations associated with the installation of the America Europe Connect 2 subsea fibre optic cable system were due to commence at Old Head/Falduff, Louisburgh.
Initial works will consist of the delivery of equipment on four lorries, the establishment of site facilities, and preparation of the area.
The contractors, Subcom, issued a public notice last week.
“There will be no road closures but there may be temporary road restrictions as the large vehicles make their way to and from the site. The site facilities will be established across 10 existing car parking spaces for three to four weeks, in the current Old Head car park.
“As the actual cable landing operation is completed in a day, a beach closure is not required, although, in the interests of public safety, access to a small portion of the beach may be temporarily restricted,” the notice stated.
Subsequent to the cable landing, the cable will be buried by excavators across the beach.
“Outside of beach access, the cable landing works will have no impact on local residents. Appropriate signage will be in place showing the restricted areas and a safety officer will be on-site to advise people to maintain a safe distance from the works. After the cable has been installed across the beach, the area will be returned to its original condition and the facilities will be removed. Following installation the cable will not be visible and will not present any hazard to the public,” the notice continued.