Thursday 14 December 2017

Major road projects to be funded over next three years including €20m Donabate Road

Funding for the pedestrian route and cycleway across Broadmeadow Estuary has also been ring-fenced
Funding for the pedestrian route and cycleway across Broadmeadow Estuary has also been ring-fenced

Three significant roadway and cycleway projects have had huge sums set aside by the council over the next three years with an ambitious new road project for Donabate on the drawing board with a €20 million price tag.

Some €16.2 million of that total cost is committed to the Donabate Road project over the next three years, with the majority of that spending coming in 2018.

In the council's new Capital Spending Programme for the next three years, it has committed €200,000 for the early stages of the project, next year with €4 million following in 2017 and a staggering €12 million in 2018.

The council has reported that the estimated final cost of the new Donabate Road will be €20 million and construction of this new distributor road will see the delivery of a new railway crossing providing alternative access to Donabate and Portrane.

The capital plan has also revealed that the council has set aside €6.2 million for completion of the long-awaited pedestrian route and cycleway across the Broadmeadow Estuary, to be known as the 'Broadmeadow Way'.

Again, just €200,000 will be spent on the project next year, in its early stages but in 2017, there is €4 million committed to the project and a further €2 million in 2018.

A project with a much lower price tag but one that will make a dramatic difference to the lives of residents in parts of Moylaragh estate in Balbriggan, is the Castlemill Link Road, which also makes a welcome appearance in the new three year capital programme.

Some €1.5 million has been committed to this long-awaited project with the bulk of that money scheduled for spending next year. There is one caveat attached to the funding on the Castlemill project, however. The council says that the money set aside for the project only covers construction costs and not the cost of any land acquisition that may be required for the road.

Fingal Independent

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