Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Colm Kelleher has officially opened the upgraded Curraheen Walk and Cycleway.
The Carrigrohane to Curraheen Walk and Cycleway Upgrade Project project aimed to improve the safety and comfort of the walkway, to encourage sustainable transport and more commuter usage of the 4.4km route.
The €900,000 upgrade was fully funded by the National Transport Authority and included:
- Installation of energy efficient LED public lighting along the full route with light levels varying during the night;
- Repair of damaged surfacing and overlay of much the surface between Model Farm Road and Carrigrohane Rd;
- Realignment and provision of paving and lighting on the link between the walkway and the IDA Park on Model Farm Road;
- Installation of cycle repair stations near entrances to IDA and MTU;
- New directional fingerposts with average walking and cycle time to destinations and timber posts with colour coded distance markers and behavioural signage;
- Installation of additional age friendly seating;
- Repair of existing and installation of new handrailing where necessary.
- Removal of the ‘kissing gate’ on the bridge towards the Carrigrohane end of the route, which had previously been an obstruction for cyclists.
The Lord Mayor praised the upgrade, saying:
"Not only does this walk and cycleway provide an important sustainable transport corridor for our city, it's also of huge benefit to getting people out and about, an attractive location for people of all ages to get out for a leisurely stroll or a cycle in comfortable and beautiful surroundings."