— Boardwalks needed due to opposition to removing cars from sections of quays.
Planned boardwalks on the proposed new Liffey Cycle Route could cost up to €7.6 million extra on a project which was expected to cost between €15-20 million before the boardwalks were added — meaning the total for the project could be heading towards €30 million.
The boardwalks are needed to make space to keep cars on the quays while also providing space for cycling and buses — a previous option removed cars from a section of the quays but was shot down due to opposition.
As we reported in 2017, Dublin City Council said that around 436 metres of boardwalks on a previous option for the project could cost €2.5 to €3 million extra.
In the new Liffey Cycle Route, proposed by the National Transport Authority after long delays, the amount of boardwalks has more than doubled to around 1,110 metres which brings the cost up to €7,600,000.
The project is currently out to public consultation until Thursday June 6 — the boardwalks are expected to complicate the planning process with ministerial approval likely needed for a foreshore licence.
The interaction between the boardwalks and bridges may also cause issues. While the council will be avoiding changing the Mellowes Bridge, the draft plan includes “minor alterations to the Ha’penny Bridge wing walls” and changes to the steel sides of the James Joyce Bridge.
Drawings showing the proposed sections of boardwalks:
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