Limerick City and County Council has received tenders for the construction of the final phase of construction of the Coonagh to Knockalisheen Distributor Road. Road construction is scheduled to commence in September 2020.The development works, which includes the construction of a 2.2km dual carriageway with footways, cycle ways, verges and two railway over bridges, is a key element of the Limerick Regeneration programme.
Forming part of the Northern Distributor Road, the road will provide an urban style carriageway between Coonagh Roundabout and Knockalisheen Road. The first phase of the project which cost in the region of €8m was completed in 2018. The construction cost of the main contract is estimated to cost €35m.
Along with the construction of the new dual carriageway the scheme also includes for 2km of major improvements to Knockalisheen Road with footways, cycle ways and verges, 1km of minor improvements to Cratloe Road and a 0.6km link road to Moyross with footways, cycle ways and verges. The development works will incorporate the diversion of live services including ESB, foul sewers, water mains, gas mains and telecoms and the provision of new foul and surface water sewer piping for Cratloe Road along with road lighting, traffic signals and other ancillary works. The construction works are anticipated to take thirty months to be completed.
The scheme was developed to facilitate the future commercial, residential and recreational development of the north of Limerick City in parallel with the Limerick Regeneration Programme. The Scheme will also improve connectivity of the local and regional road network in the northern part of Limerick City, promote balanced local and regional development, reduce travel times for commuters in the north of the city and facilitate the development of an effective public transport system to serve the north side of Limerick City.