Construction of the Father Russell Road Active Travel infrastructure is to begin next month
Construction is to begin on Active Travel infrastructure along a section of the Father Russell Road next month
The link is to provide segregated cycle lanes on both sides of the road from Quinns Cross to the junction with the Gouldavoher residential area.
The footpath and cycling facilities at Racefield Roundabout will also be upgraded, along with overall improvements to crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists at junctions.
The works are to begin on Monday, 16th October 2023 and are anticipated to take nine months to complete.
They will be done on a phased basis, beginning around the Gouldavoher section.
Construction will then move to High Meadows, Ballinvoher, Cragaun and finally on to the Racefield Roundabout.
Works are anticipated to run on weekdays, from 8am until 8pm in the summer period and 8am until 6pm in the winter period.
A traffic management system will be in place for the duration of the works.
A designated pedestrian walkway in the form of barriers will be implemented to guide pedestrians and vulnerable road users safely around the works and to the footpath on the opposite side of the road.
Senior Engineer with the Active Travel team, Sean McGlynn, commented, “The Father Russell Road Scheme is going to be a really important Active Travel link for those living and working in the Raheen and Dooradoyle areas when completed. The project is intended to facilitate onward connections to the city centre.”
He continued, “We appreciate there may be some short term difficulties in terms of traffic flow on the road and appreciate the patience required of local residents in the next number of months. However, in the long term, the Scheme will be a key residential, commercial and employment connector and deliver significant benefits to the area, as identified in the Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy.”
The project received an allocation of €1 million in funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) in 2023, having been allocated €200,000 in 2022.