A significant milestone in the Galway to Dublin Cycleway project was met last week, with the lifting into position of a 104m long, two span, steel girder bridge across the River Shannon in Athlone town centre. The bridge is the vital link in the dedicated coast-to-coast cycleway stretching 300km across the country and linking Dublin to Galway.

The route extends westwards from Dublin, along 91km of the Royal Canal towpath and 45km of The Old Rail Trail on the disused railway line from Mullingar to Athlone. It aims to bring revenue and jobs into economically disadvantaged, rural areas of the country in much the same way that Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, the Wild Atlantic Way, has done for the West Coast.

Roughan & O’Donovan-Aecom Alliance was appointed by Westmeath County Council to plan and design the 136km length of route across Leinster now nearing completion. We adopted a holistic approach to the planning of the project, assembling a multidisciplinary design team comprising engineers, architects, ecologists, archaeologists and landscape architects. In delivering the project, the team drew upon international best practice in cycling infrastructure to overturn the conventional wisdom that the ‘shortest route is best’ and to champion the ‘slow and interesting’ route instead.

A total of ten agencies came together, under the management and coordination of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), to deliver the project. These included Waterways Ireland, CIE/Iarnród Éireann, Fáilte Ireland and six local authorities, namely, Westmeath, Meath, Kildare, Roscommon and Galway.



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