Work to start to fix half-finished Dublin cycle route stalled after building firm went into liquidation

A contractor has been hired by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to make the stalled work on one Dublin’s busiest cycle routes safer and it will start tomorrow (Saturday).

IrishCycle.com reported on Wednesday how the work stalled on the Clonskeagh Road near the Dodder weeks ago after a construction firm went into liquidation. The company in question is SIAC Construction Ltd.

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The first new contractor which is starting work tomorrow and will focus urgent works relating to making the site safer.

At some stage after that, another contractor, which has yet to be appointed, will finish the main construction work. The council said there’s a substantial amount of high value works left to be completed.

Cllr Oisín O’Connor (Greens) said: “It’s been incredibly frustrating for everyone using the Clonskeagh route between Sandyford and town over the last couple of months. Works slowed down, first due to waiting for ESB and then on 3rd May the main contractor on the project filed for liquidation.”

He said: “The lead engineer on the project has been working non-stop to rectify the issues this has thrown up for the council.”

The work starting tomorrow will be focused on making the site safer, including fixing the barriers and traffic management arrangements, cleaning up the site, adding temporary line markings, and filling in pot holes as a temporary measure.

The more substance work is expected to start soon and by finished by the end of the summer.

Cllr O’Connor added: “It’s expected that the works to complete the project will start soon and will be finished by the end of the summer. While not perfect from an active travel point of view, when finished this stretch of road between the Dodder and UCD will greatly improve safety and comfort for people walking and cycling.”

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