THE multi-million Hyde Road Active Travel Scheme was launched last week after its completion to much fanfare by Mayor of Limerick Cllr Gerald Mitchell.
The completed scheme has been funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) and managed and delivered by Limerick City and County Council (LCCC).
According to the local authority, it aims to provide high quality cycle and pedestrian facilities connecting the Childers Road with Lower Carey’s Road, while also creating traffic calming measures and an improved road environment for local residents.
“The completion of the Hyde Road Active Travel Scheme is the latest in a long line of projects that are delivering a more sustainable transport network for Limerick and significantly improving safety for all road users,” said Mayor Mitchell.
“This project will link people’s homes with schools and local amenities and offer an enhanced pedestrian and cycling experience for the community. I’m looking forward to seeing the rollout of similar schemes across the city and county in the months and years ahead.”
The project, which is approximately one kilometre in length, includes segregated cycle facilities, an improved footpath, drop-curbs, tactile paving and junction improvements at Crecora Avenue, Lenihan Avenue, Byrne Avenue, and Meagher Avenue. Table top ramps and new road markings are also included in the project, which was constructed by Priority Construction Ltd.
Chief executive of LCCC, Dr Pat Daly considers the works a clear example of the type of high quality Active Travel facilities that can be delivered when all parties work towards a common goal of better and safer road infrastructure.
“We can be particularly proud of this sustainable transport infrastructure running through the heart of a Regeneration community,” Dr Daly said.
“The Active Travel team is continuing work on delivering significant projects across the city and county that will ensure high quality cycling and pedestrian infrastructure is available across Limerick in the short, medium and long term. Limerick City and County Council is proud to be innovative and community-focused and will continue to keep these attributes at its forefront as it expands the Active Travel network.”
While nine trees along the road were removed as part of the project, they are to be recycled in part as natural play equipment for a nearby community crèche. 27 new trees, which will consist of a mix of native, naturalised, and climate resilient species, will be planted in January 2024.
The Hyde Road Active Travel Scheme was developed with consideration of the Limerick Development Plan 2022-2028.