Coun­cil bid to calm Hearse Road widen­ing will take place at night di­ver­sion con­cerns

RATH­BEALE RD UP­GRADE PLANS AMENDED TO DEAL WITH LO­CAL CON­CERNS

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

CHANGES to how traf­fic might be man­aged dur­ing con­struc­tion of a ma­jor new up­grade of the Rath­beale Road have gone some way to sat­is­fy­ing con­cerns ex­pressed by lo­cal coun­cil­lors about the project.

While the di­ver­sions cho­sen for the project will be sub­ject to a sep­a­rate process once a con­trac­tor is ap­pointed for the project, the coun­cil has moved to re­as­sure lo­cals and their po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the coun­cil who are con­cerned about the im­pact on the sur­round­ing area of a pos­si­ble di­ver­sion through Glen El­lan dur­ing the ex­ten­sive works.

Se­nior En­gi­neer for the coun­cil, Tom O’con­nor said there had been a ‘com­pre­hen­sive re­view’ of the plans af­ter coun­cil­lors ex­pressed their con­cerns and more than 100 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived on the sub­ject from wor­ried lo­cals.

The coun­cil has de­ter­mined that a full or par­tial clo­sure of the Rath­beale Road will be nec­es­sary dur­ing the works for safety rea­sons but said this op­tion would also be the most ef­fi­cient and would mean the works could be fin­ished quicker.

The coun­cil said that up to 30% in con­struc­tion time on the project could be saved this way.

The coun­cil said it also still favoured the Glen El­lan di­ver­sion as the best di­ver­sion route but this would be a mat­ter for the con­trac­tor in a traf­fic man­age­ment plan that must ac­com­pany its work plan for the project.

How­ever, the coun­cil said that if that route was cho­sen it had looked at a num­ber of mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures to re­duce the im­pact on lo­cals.

The coun­cil has com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a num­ber of new pedes­trian cross­ings in the area to en­sure the safety of school chil­dren in par­tic­u­lar, who may also see ex­tra school war­dens op­er­at­ing in the area dur­ing the works.

The lo­cal author­ity will also bid to dis­cour­age traf­fic com­ing from fur­ther afield to take this route to Swords, tar­get­ing traf­fic from Ash­bourne in par­tic­u­lar with early warn­ing signs about the works on the Rath­beale Road.

Cllr Dun­can Smith who was par­tic­u­larly vo­cal in ex­press­ing his con­cerns about the pos­si­ble di­ver­sions for the project said the coun­cil had ad­dressed a lot of those con­cerns with these new mea­sures. He said the project would mean a ‘dif­fi­cult time’ for the area ‘traf­fic-wise’ but he ac­cepted the road had to be up­graded and that the build­ing of a much needed lo­cal school de­pended on the project. THE bulk of the work to widen the Hearse Road in Don­abate be­tween the hill­top and the rail­way bridge is likely to take place at night to min­imise dis­rup­tion to traf­fic on the penin­sula.

With only one road in and one road out of the area cur­rently, the road widen­ing project is to be un­der­taken at off-peak hours at is likely to re­sult in tem­po­rary road clo­sures.

Fin­gal County Coun­cil are pro­gress­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions re­gard­ing the build­ing li­cence agree­ment to en­ter onto pri­vate lands to carry out the work Once this has been fi­nalised, a con­trac­tor will be ap­pointed to carry out the works.

The ap­pointed con­trac­tor to sub­mit for ap­proval to the Coun­cil a com­pre­hen­sive traf­fic man­age­ment strat­egy de­tail­ing how they in­tent to carry out the works.

Cllr Paul Mul­ville (NP) who raised the is­sue at a meet­ing of the Swords/bal­brig­gan Area Com­mit­tee said the peo­ple of Don­abate would be ‘greatly re­lieved’ to hear that the sub­stan­tial part of the road works would be car­ried out at night but he said it was ‘shock­ing’ that ne­go­ti­a­tions with a pri­vate landowner in the area was hold­ing up the work. A penin­sula coun­cil­lor has re­peated his call for the coun­cil to im­prove the ‘pub­lic realm’ in the area around Don­abate beach.

Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF) has been cam­paign­ing on the is­sue for some time and wants to see im­prove­ments to the ameni­ties around the beach area which he said is ‘one of the most pop­u­lar beaches in the coun­try’.

De­spite the coun­cil say­ing there was no fund­ing cur­rently avail­able for a civic amenity scheme in the area, it agreed to dis­cuss the is­sue in greater de­tail at next month’s meet­ing of the Swords/bal­brig­gan Area Com­mit­tee where the is­sue will re­turn to the agenda.

Cllr Dun­can Smith.

Coun­cil­lors con­cerned about the di­ver­sion through Glen El­lan.

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