These major infrastructural works included reconstruction and realignment of approximately 1.15km of the existing Rathbeale Road R125, from the Murrough Road Junction to the proposed junction with the Swords Western Distributor Road. New junctions were constructed to facilitate access to future development lands with the provision of new pedestrian & cyclist facilities both sides of the road. The R125 alignment was altered to improve forward visibility for vehicles and several new pedestrian crossings were incorporated along the length of the road.
Works were carried out on a live regional road, requiring and major traffic management provisions, careful health and safety considerations, and accommodation of adjoining occupied properties while maintaining safe access for residents. As part of the works, an existing dilapidated masonry arch culvert under the road was also replaced.
The R125 upgrade was delivered as part of the “Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund” (LIHAF), which is a key element of Rebuilding Irelands ‘An Action Plan for Housing & Homelessness’. This project was an important part of the phased development of the Fingal County Council’s Oldtown-Mooretown Local Area Plan, with road upgrades one of the key infrastructure provisions required to unlock subsequent development phases of the overall LAP, which will ultimately deliver over 3,000 new residential units for the western side of Swords.