Work is to begin on a pedestrian and cycle path and new bridge which will provide a safe, sustainable and alternative travel route between Grange and Tramore Valley Park and onwards to Douglas and the city centre.
Funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA), the kilometre-long pathway, which includes the construction of a new bridge over the N40 South Ring Road, will provide connectivity between Grange/Frankfield and the southern suburbs and will support residents, students and commuters to opt for active travel and thereby reduce traffic congestion.
The four metre wide pathway will also support people with mobility needs and will include environmentally sensitive public lighting.
Site clearance works are to begin this week. To facilitate construction, it will be necessary to remove some trees and greenery on the site. Care was taken during project design to minimise the impact on biodiversity. A native tree planting programme will also be undertaken at the site as part of the project and trees will also be offered to local community groups.
In recent months, pedestrian and cycle access to the 160 acre Tramore Valley Park was further improved following the upgrade of the junction at Half Moon Lane and South Douglas Road.
Lord Mayor, Cllr Colm Kelleher said: “This is a strategic transport project that the people of Grange, Frankfield and further afield have been eagerly awaiting. The Grange-Douglas pedestrian and cycle route will greatly enhance quality of life in the southern suburbs. For the first time, people of all ages and abilities, commuters and students will have the option to safely walk or cycle to and from Grange,Tramore Valley Park, Douglas and the city centre rather than navigating the Kinsale Round Roundabout in a car”.
Infrastructure Development Director of Services, Gerry O’Beirne said: “ In line with the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy, this project will support residents, commuters and students to make more sustainable transport choices which will help reduce car dependency and therefore traffic congestion in the city. The Grange – Tramore Valley Park path will also make walking or cycling more attractive and support people to easily and safely enjoy a more active lifestyle in their own community”.
It is expected that works will be completed in early 2023.