In early December, I chaired a meeting of local Councillors with officials from the City Council’s Engineering & Transportation Department to discuss and secure updates on cycling infrastructure projects across Dublin Central.
Across the coming days, I will provide some of the details that were shared by the engineers, the timelines for the delivery of key aspects of these projects and what the next steps in addressing key issues that have arisen following the granting of planning permission or since works have started. This post will focus on the planned Clontarf to City Centre Project, which involves Amiens Street, North Strand Road, Summerhill, Summerhill Parade, Ballybough Road and onto Fairview.
The City Council, following approval by the National Transport Authority will begin the tender process to select a contractor shortly. It is estimated that the tender process will take 3 months to complete with a preferred tenderer identified in April of 2021. Engineers indicated to me that construction works are expected to start in July 2021, with an envisaged construction duration of between 18 to 21 months.
Traffic diversions will be required to facilitate the construction works, which include significant
public realm upgrades. At this stage, the City Council expects that inbound general traffic will be diverted away from the works, and that three traffic lanes will be maintained through the route, prioritising public transport movement during the construction phase.
Consultation with stakeholders, including residents and businesses, along the route
will commence this month. I stressed to the engineers and the team involved with launching and carrying out the local consultation works to ensure a strong emphasis is put on the needs of residents and businesses in the development of pedestrian management and temporary traffic management during the works. When a formal draft traffic management plan is brought before Councillors, I will make sure to share those details with you to garner your views and feedback and to ensure improvements are made where necessary.
You can review the presentation I and my colleagues received at https://bit.ly/38KCHDH.
If you have any particular questions or queries about this project or how it may impact your street or neighbourhood, please email me with your concerns at RayMcAdam@gmail.com.
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee