Ur­gent need for road up­grade

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

THE coun­cil has been asked ‘as a mat­ter of ur­gency ad­dress the se­ri­ous need to up­grade and widen the foot­path and the in­stal­la­tion of a cy­cle lane be­tween the en­trance to St. Ita’s Hospi­tal Cam­pus and the pri­mary schools off the Por­trane Road’.

Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF) made the calll, ex­plain­ing that the route is ‘an in­creas­ingly busy cor­ri­dor for walk­ers, jog­gers and cy­clists and there is sig­nif­i­cant space to al­low for this long awaited safety im­prove­ment along this cor­ri­dor’.

He ex­plained that ‘given the in­crease of traf­fic on the Por­trane Road as St Ita’s Hospi­tal Cam­pus be­comes a busier cam­pus and the im­mi­nent ar­rival of the New Na­tional Foren­sic Hospi­tal at this lo­ca­tion’, the sit­u­a­tion is all the more ur­gent.

In re­sponse, the coun­cil is­sued a writ­ten re­port stat­ing: ‘The stretch of the Por­trane Road re­ferred to is ap­prox­i­mately 1.5km in length, and has a nar­row foot­path on the north­ern side of the road­way.

‘The road is sin­gle-lane in both di­rec­tions, and is c. 6 me­tres wide in to­tal, and there is in­suf­fi­cient space avail­able to pro­vide a wider foot­path or cy­cle path on ei­ther side of the road with­out sig­nif­i­cant land ac­qui­si­tion, in ad­di­tion to im­prove­ments to the ex­ist­ing drainage sys­tems and sur­fac­ing costs.

‘A project of this na­ture is out­side the scope of the Op­er­a­tions Depart­ment in terms of both scale and costs. The Op­er­a­tions Depart­ment will re­fer this re­quest to the Plan­ning & Strate­gic In­fra­struc­ture Depart­ment for con­sid­er­a­tion.’

Cllr Henchy ac­cepted that the project may need the in­volve­ment of the Plan­ning and Strate­gic De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment within the coun­cil but again stressed its ur­gency.

He said the route, had ‘ef­fec­tively the same foot­path net­work as when I was a child in the area’.

He said that the road ‘lends it­self to peo­ple driv­ing at speed’ and that pedes­tri­ans walk­ing on the foot­path can ‘lit­er­ally feel the vi­bra­tions of the pass­ing cars at their feet’.

He said a wider foot­path and a cy­cle lane for the route would be a ‘very pos­i­tive’ de­vel­op­ment and he vowed to keep the is­sue on the agenda.

Cllr Paul Mul­ville (SD) who also lives on the Don­abate Por­trane penin­sula, agreed with Cllr Henchy and said that they would both con­tinue to push for the project.

He said it would ‘make so much sense if kids could cy­cle from Por­trane to school (in Don­abate)’ along that route.

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