Earlier this month, I requested a progress report from the Transportation Department of Dublin City Council as to the preparation of a dedicated cycle link between Queen Street and Bridgefoot Street.
In seeking this clarity, I asked officials to advise me whether a formal Part VIII planning application will be required and the indicative timeframe for the completion of the ongoing detailed design work. I also asked that the Council specify when tendering process for the selection of a potential contractor would also be advanced and the Chief Executive’s hope that this new infrastructure would be open and ready for use.
At present, I am informed that the Council is undertaking out initial investigations for the scheme. Currently duct surveys and topographical surveys are being undertaken by external contractors and should be completed in the coming weeks. The information contained in these surveys will inform the design.
Council officials have also indicated to me on foot of these initial surveys they anticipate a number of constraints and challenges to arising due to the presence of underground utilities particularly along Queen Street. However, assuming the above surveys are completed within four weeks, Dublin City Council will then further develop the design based on the constraints identified in the surveys.
It will only be at this point, will the scale of the project will become more apparent to the Engineers involved with the project. It will only be at that stage; will they have a better understanding of the timeline for completion of design and subsequent installation of the scheme. Notwithstanding this, I understand that construction works could begin late this year and that a formal Part VIII planning application would not be required.
I hope this update is of assistance to you but if you have any questions arising from the information outlined above, please email me at RayMcAdam@gmail.com and I’ll aim to come back to you as quickly as is possible.
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