Push on to complete €202k walkway
DUN Laoghaire council bosses face a race against time to complete the €202,000 revamp of The Metals walkway.
They will lose the money if the improvement works are not completed by the end of the year.
Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council wants to upgrade the walkway, a 3.5km link between Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey.
It is used by hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists every day to get to Dart stations, schools, shops and parks.
But the council warned the funding was "only available in 2010 and it will be lost if the project is not turned around within the year".
It added: "The objective of this project is to upgrade facilities along The Metals.
"The aim is to provide a quality and safe route for both pedestrians and cyclists that will encourage people to choose this facility as a viable and attractive route to work/school or as a recreational facility."
Cycle parking, improved safety measures for the visually impaired and better visibility at junctions are among the measures proposed.
The council must now go through the planning process in order to ensure the project is finished within deadline.
However, if there are any unforeseen delays, the scheme will be in danger of not going ahead.
The funding is being provided by the Department of Transport under its Smarter Travel Project Fund.
"This is a fund of approximately €15m that will run over five years, resulting in an annual total of around €3m being available to support projects," a council report stated.
"The fund is aimed at supporting small sustainable transport projects that can deliver real and measurable changes at a local level, or for example, overcome specific local barriers to more sustainable choices."
Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown was successful in "securing funding of €202,000 from the Department of Transport to upgrade The Metals between Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey".
It added: "The Department of Transport recognised that this project will have a positive benefit to the area and have invested a large proportion of the fund to it.
"This project is also in line with objectives 1, 2 and 3 of the National Cycle Policy Framework."
The council said, at a number of junctions along the route, "visibility is very poor for both motorists approaching the junction and for pedestrians exiting The Metals to cross the road".
Councillors have welcomed the planned upgrade as it will improve safety along the walkway.