Long-awaited Limerick footpath moves to planning stage

Cllr Dan McSweeney.

LIMERICK City and County Council have confirmed the completion of the tender process to provide a safe and suitable walkway along the N69 from Clarina to the Brick Lodge to design stage.

The scheme will now advance to the Part 8 planning process. The local authority is currently awaiting approval from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to appoint a consultant but it anticipates that this will be approved within weeks.

Fine Gael councillor Dan McSweeney this week welcomed progress on the N69 walkway.

“This 700-metre stretch of road has seen a number of fatalities over the years and the need for this crucial infrastructure has been highlighted by many community groups. The proposed works will include 700 meters of shared footpath/cycle lane set back from the main road for improved safety,” Cllr McSweeney told the Limerick Post.

“This is major news for the area of Clarina/Ballybrown. It is a project I have worked extremely hard on for the last three years, and at times it has moved slowly but today we can look back and see how far this planned scheme has come.

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“I hope over the next quarter we will see the Part 8 planning process advance and I hope by the end of the year we will see significant advances of this scheme.

“Overall, this is good news for the area and it is important we acknowledge the community groups in the area who have campaigned for such works over many years,” he concluded.