First part of Sutton to Sandcove cycleway
Construction of a €5 million cycle path at Dublin Bay is to start on 1 April, as part of the planned Sutton to Sandycove cycleway.
Dublin City Council plans to fill in the two-km section currently missing from the Dublin Bay cycleway, between Wooden Bridge in Sutton and Causeway Road in Clontarf.
The current promenade and cycle path from Clontarf to Sutton was installed in the early 1990s but a two-km space was left because no solution could be found to building on the area's environmentally-sensitive lagoon.
This meant that cyclists heading south had leave the off-road cycle path and use the on-road path which is described as in poor repair and dangerous for cyclists.
The new solution will see the existing road layout narrowed to provide space for the new cycleway, as well as much-needed repairs to the sea wall.
Work on the new cycleway will take 18 months to complete, with construction being carried out in phases to comply with rules governing bird habitat conservation.
The full Sutton to Sandycove cycle route, stretching from north to south Dublin, is expected to take several years to construct. Once complete it will provide a 22-km continuous off-road cycle path around Dublin Bay, becoming one of Europe's longest coastal promenades.