Local Cllr. Charlie O’Connor, has welcomed progress on the N81 Improvement Scheme and raised the matter at the November meeting of the Tallaght Area Committee, of which he is Chairman. He pointed out to Council Management that there is widespread interest in the Scheme throughout the Tallaght area and residents were anxious to know the schedule now being followed in respect of the project.
Council Management told Charlie O’Connor that “A report on the Part 8 public consultation process for the N81 Landscape Improvement Scheme was presented to the meeting of South Dublin County Council on March 13, 2017. The project is spilt into a number of phases; Phase 1 is the section from M50 to Whitestown Way. Phase 2 commences at Whitestown Way and runs westwards. Phase 3 is from the Templeogue area to M50. At the detailed design and construction stage; each above phase is broken into a number of smaller phases for operational and traffic management purposes. The initial works on Phase 1 of the N81 scheme have recently been completed and maintenance stage is now underway. The works completed were on the section from M50 to the just west of the roundabout at Avonbeg and include: a new footpath for a section of the route on the southern section of the roadway, land shaping and forming, new planting on the central median and roadsides and re-design of the roundabout at Avonbeg. The proposed landscape works in the Phase 1 section were also extended to include an upgrade of the public lighting along a section of the N81 west of the M50, this work has been funded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland. The detailed design of the next stage has been completed and will be tendered shortly; a briefing meeting is being arranged with the Tallaght ACM members in that regard. As the majority of the works on the N81 scheme are landscape planting works careful timing of the construction phases is required.”
According to Charlie O’Connor this is an important project for the wider community and he has confirmed that he will continue to closely monitor the development of the scheme.