Following a study carried out by the National Transport Authority (NTA), a number of alterations have been suggested to the original plans aimed at addressing the issue of traffic congestion and safety in the bottleneck.
While the NTA had proposed a cycle way, previous plans were a potential danger to ecological habitats along the coast and were considered to be in breach of EU environmental law. The new proposals now appear to be in line with EU law as the proposed cycle way uses part the land that has already been built upon alleviating environmental concerns.
The current junction between the Merrion Road and Strand Road is currently a safety concern for cyclists and pedestrians. The overpass proposed is hoped to tackle this issue, with an integral part of the plan being clear lanes for cyclists, pedestrians, cars, with DART traffic being over-passed and detoured.
Submissions to the NTA have now closed, but you can view the full Public Consultation document published by the NTA here.