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Recent flooding at the Portmarnock to Baldoyle Greenway. (pic courtesy of Jimmy Murphy)

Recent flooding at the Portmarnock to Baldoyle Greenway. (pic courtesy of Jimmy Murphy)

Recent flooding at the Portmarnock to Baldoyle Greenway. (pic courtesy of Jimmy Murphy)

The much anticipated Baldoyle to Portmarnock Greenway is scheduled to be officially opened over the coming weeks, despite local concerns over the regular flooding of the new infrastructure, the council has confirmed.

Following a request for confirmation of an opening date of the greenway by Green Party councillor David Healy, it was confirmed the greenway is planned to be officially opened in late March to Early April 2020.

Putting forward a motion at a recent Local Area Committee meeting, Cllr Healy requested an update on progress being made on the Baldoyle to Portmarnock Greenway on a number of key issues.

These included: the resolution of drainage and flooding issues; the inclusion of cycle detection at traffic lights; the carrying out of safety audits; the evaluation of any risks posed by the 'sharp edges' on the lighting bollards; the anticipated timescale for final completion and the opening of the scheme; and the safety of the Moyne Road junction up until the traffic lights are switched on at the location.

Speaking at the Local Area Committee meeting, Cllr Healy said councillors were 'delighted' to see the Baldoyle to Portmarnock Greenway near completion.

There were, however, some issues he would like clarified, including a flooding problem at the greenway, which was a particular cause of concern.

Cllr Healy asked if the flooding problem at the greenway could be explained, and if an outfall on the greenway was addressing the long or short-term problem, and if this was 'the final resolution' of the issue.

Another issue, he said, was the provision of cycle detection at traffic lights, which was something which councillors had previously discussed and had made recommendations on.

Cllr Healy said it would also be 'useful' for councillors to receive copies of safety audits for the greenway as well as a report on the flooding issue.

A report issued by the council confirmed that the flooding issue would be addressed by the contractor 'over the next three weeks.'

The traffic lights at the Moyne Road/Coast Road junction were now in operation and the council would monitor the effect of these lights on traffic flows over the next month.

The report confirmed that traffic lights near the Portmarnock roundabout were connected, but not operational yet, while two sets of traffic lights at the Red Arches road were not connected to the ESB network as yet.

Stage 1 & 2 of safety audits had been undertaken, with a stage 3 safety audit to be undertaken when the greenway was operational.

The council report concluded that it was envisaged the greenway would, following these works, be officially opened in late March to early April 2020.

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