Contract signed for Limerick walking and cycling route upgrade

Thursday 29th October 2015: Limerick City and County Council today signed a contract with John Craddock Ltd. for the upgrading of the towpath along the banks of the River Shannon to a shared cycle and pedestrian pathway between the Boat House at the University of Limerick and Rhebogue in Limerick City.

Publish Date: Thursday 29th October 2015

Limerick City and County Council today (Thursday, 29 October 2015) signed a contract with John Craddock Ltd. for the upgrading of the towpath along the banks of the River Shannon to a shared cycle and pedestrian pathway between the Boat House at the University of Limerick (UL) and Rhebogue in Limerick City.

This scheme (known as Limerick Smarter Travel Route 2- Phase 2) is the flagship project of the Limerick Smarter Travel, the overall objective of which is to connect four key hubs of Limerick City and suburbs by the development and promotion of sustainable modes of transport for those living, working and studying in the areas.

Construction work on the project, which is located on the route of a historical towpath along the city canal and the south bank of the River Shannon, will commence in early November and is expected to be completed by July 2016. The existing pathway for this section of work will be closed to members of the public during the entirety of the construction project.

The proposed works include the construction of a bitmac path; construction of 4 pedestrian bridges (2 new, 1 widened, 1 reconstructed); refurbishment of 2 existing stone pedestrian bridges; provision of public lighting, CCTV; and the erection of signage. The construction of the new walking and cycling surface will wind around trees and historic structures which reduce the impact of the development on the bank but will promote universal accessibility to this nature area once completed.

Speaking following today's contract signing, Mayor Liam Galvin said: "This project will create a universally accessible environment for all users and when completed, it will allow for a safe environment for cyclists, pedestrians and people with mobility issues. Importantly, it also will increase the number of people using sustainable transport to commute between the City Centre and the Castletroy area."

Donal Brennan, Senior Travel, Limerick Smarter Travel commented: "The development of Route 2 –Phase 2 will serve as a multipurpose amenity for the city and Castletroy, Rhebogue and Corbally areas."

"Design elements have ensured that it will contribute to an overall enhanced public realm across the study area, become an amenity inclusive to all levels of mobility and provide a safe, well-lit and attractive commuting resource," added Mr. Brennan.

Limerick Smarter Travel Route 2 Phase 2 shared walking cycling path is the flagship project of Limerick Smarter Travel Office which is an initiative of Limerick City and County Council in partnership with the University of Limerick, and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Mouchel and Punch Consulting Engineers are overseeing the planning process and construction of the proposed route on behalf of Limerick Smarter Travel.

Visit www.limericksmartertravel.ie for more information on Route 2 and other Limerick Smarter Travel initiatives and projects.

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