Pictured: Left to Right – Donagh Kelly (CEO – KN Circet), Brendan Carr (Dublin Lord Mayor), Owen Keegan (Chief Executive, Dublin City)
The official opening of a section of the S2S cycleway took place 05/05/2017. The two kilometre stretch was officially opened by Dublin Lord Mayor Brendan Carr who hailed the cyclepath as a “wonderful amenity on the north side of the city”.
The new path is the first section of the planned Sutton to Sandycove cycleway to be built. The full route crosses three local authority boundaries and is likely to take several years to construct. Once complete, it will provide a 22km continuous off-road cycle route around the bay and would be one of the longest coastal promenades in Europe.
The initial 2km section was undertaken in a protected area in a tidal environment and included:
- Construction of approximately 2km of cycle track and footway requiring kerb realignment, footpath reconstruction and resurfacing of the road, and associated enabling works including, drainage, public lighting, utilities, traffic signals, signage and road marking;
- Introduction of a number of signal controlled crossings to facilitate access for pedestrians and cyclists on the route from the surrounding area;
- Approximately 600m length of existing flood defence wall is to be demolished and new retaining wall alignment is to be constructed.
- Raising approximately 600m length of existing masonry / concrete flood defence walls;
- The extension of an existing culvert structure;
- Miscellaneous repairs and remedial works to approximately 1km of various wall construction including masonry repairs, masonry repointing and concrete repairs.;
- Flood defence works to provide a continuous flood defence level of 4.25m, along the length of the scheme between the Bull Wall and Causeway Road;
- Construction of approximately 2km of the North City Arterial Watermain along the length of the scheme between the Bull Wall and Causeway Road;
- Renovation of a tram shelter;
- Removal of a of pumping station control building and construction of control panel and cabinet including associated M& E works;
- Closure of two slipways and steps accessing the lagoon;
- Extension to car park and construction of new car parking at existing car park adjacent to St.Annes Park along James Larkin Road.