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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Sandycove to Sutton cycleway is en route

The way for the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) Promenade and Cycleway is finally being paved after a decade of delay.

The route, which crosses three local authority boundaries, has been beset with challenges, but a major problem is finally been overcome.

The protected marsh at Booterstown lies on its path and was flagged as a major obstacle. Two developments have recently happened that aim to overcome this challenge.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has just commissioned an environmental assessment of the area around the marsh and last week a joint county council committee was formed to work on this specific issue.

"The formation of a joint committee by councillors of all parties from Dublin City Council (DCC) and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) is unusual and is clear evidence of the widespread support that exists for the project. We are determined to see that it is properly debated and supported," said Fianna Faill councillor in DLRCC Kate Feeney, who has been appointed to the new committee.

The news comes after the Department of Transport allocated €1.5m to kick-start a 2km section on the northern part.

Construction on a section between Wooden Bridge at Dollymount and Causeway Road in Clontarf is to begin next week.

Work is to last 18 months and DCC is to give approximately €5m towards the project. Construction is happening in phases to comply with bird habitat conservation regulations.

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