Popular Douglas cycleway to be extended

Popular Douglas cycleway to be extended
Map showing the path of the fourth phase of the Ballybrack cycle path between Maryborough Hill and Douglas.

The latest phase of the Ballybrack Valley Pedestrian and Cycle scheme has been passed by the County Council.

An additional 2.1km pedestrian and cycle path is being added to the recently completed phase two and three of the Ballybrack Valley Pedestrian and Cycle scheme.

The latest edition of greenway starts at Berkley road with a controlled crossing point, before going through the Cork County Council pump house site and up the valley to the N28 interchange at Carr’s Hill and on to Maryborough Hill via Maryborough Ridge.

This pathway will connect the previously constructed Ballybrack/Mangala Valley path to Maryborough Hill.

The 2.1km of pedestrian and cycle path, which will be a four metres Macadam path with ducting, lighting and fencing, will also have two bridges and three raised table crossing points included.

There will also be three Toucan crossings along with road signage, markings and bollards.

The aim of the project is to enhance pedestrian and cycling facilities and to provide a safe alternative route to Douglas, Cork City and the south city suburbs.

The extended Greenway will provide a safe and direct off-road route for commuters, school users and leisure enthusiasts and hopefully reduce traffic volumes on the road network.

At the public consultation stage, 48 submissions were received by the closing date including three from statutory consultees Inland Fisheries Ireland, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the National Transport Authority.

Among the modifications to the original plans are the addition of two-metre high-security fencing close to Berkeley and the Douglas Pitch and Putt club and a link pathway to The Close, Maryborough Ridge.

As well as this, physical restrictions to discourage the use of the area around the pump house site for unauthorised parking and as a school drop off point are being implemented and parking restrictions will be placed on the public road on the access to Berkeley and the Vicarage and Templegrove.

Finally, an independent Road Safety Audit is to be carried out and bridge detail is to be discussed and agreed with Inland Fisheries before construction The path will be done in phases and in consultation with the design team on the M28 Cork to Ringaskiddy project in order to minimise conflicts with the motorway scheme.

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