O’Connor Sutton Cronin is excited to share that construction has started on Phase 3 of the Royal Canal Greenway, which runs from Dublin’s North Strand to Phibsborough. Phase 3 of the project will provide 2.1km of pedestrian and cycle track along the banks of the Royal Canal, extending from Newcomen Bridge, North Strand to Cross Guns Bridge, Phibsborough. Upon completion, there will be a continuous 3.2km cycling and walking route through the north city from Phibsborough to the River Liffey.
On Wednesday 15th February Dublin City Council turned the sod on the project and Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy said she was “delighted to have reached the point where they can begin work on this immensely important project”. Meanwhile, Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said the project “will link communities, friends, schools, and sporting facilities” and along the way. Máirín Ó Cuireáin, Waterways Ireland Dublin Development Manager added that these works “will link Spencer Dock in Dublin 1 with Maynooth in Co Kildare, where the Royal Canal Greenway goes all the way to the Shannon”.
The Greenway will include accessible ramps from the canal towpath to all road crossings, a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the canal and a new community plaza. The project included a number of challenges which OCSC navigated successfully as part of the design including the constrained nature of the site due to the the canal and adjacent existing structures and railway line, challenging topography, complex structural design, existing services including high pressure gas mains etc. to ultimately deliver a high quality and functional design that compliments the existing environment.. OCSC are the Consulting Engineers for this project which is a collaboration between Dublin City Council / the National Transport Authority and key stakeholders including Waterways Ireland and Irish Rail. Well done to all the team involved.