PLANS for a €3.2m cycle/pedestrian bridge over the N40 South Ring Road from Grange and Frankfield to the Tramore Valley Park have been published by Cork County Council.
A single span steel truss bridge is proposed, crossing both lanes of the N40. It would travel from eastern side of Vernon Mount House close to the Alden Grove estate across the road to the park close to Nemo Rangers GAA pitches where it will link to existing cycle paths in the park.
As well as the bridge, the plans call for a new woodland walkway and cycle path that would be accessed from the Grange Road close to the Church of the Incarnation. The four-metre wide path will have streetlights and will run alongside the Vernon Mount stream.
The plans were presented to County Councillors in recent days who signed off on the proposals allowing them to be sent forward for public consultation.
Once built, the bridge will act as a catalyst for further development of the Tramore Valley Park and offer cyclists and pedestrians in Grange and Frankfield better access to Douglas and the city.
It is also expected the new route would reduce car usage in the areas. The Grange Road has a population of almost 7,000 and at present, 76% of journeys from the area to work or school are by car.
Consultants RPS were commissioned to undertake the preliminary design for a cycle/pedestrian link and were asked to consider what bridge could be built with the minimum disruption to traffic.
Plans for a bridge across the South Ring Road date as far back as 1992 and it is expected this proposal can be delivered in the short term significantly improving pedestrian and cycling amenities for residents in the area.
The publication of the plans comes as work begins on another major Cork park around Páirc Uí Chaoimh at The Marina. Once complete, both the Marina Park and Tramore Valley Park will become amenities of regional significance. There is also initial works underway for new public parks in Bishopstown and Knocknaheeny.
The bridge plans will be on display in County Hall and the area office in Carrigaline until July 7 for the public to view and make submissions on.