Green Routes, Waterford City
DBFL were responsible for the preliminary and detailed design of the initial Phase 1 works on two separate Green Routes in Waterford City, namely the R680 Corridor and the R683 Dunmore Road corridor.
The Green Routes concept seeks to instigate travel behavior change along these key commuter corridors by way of promoting the use of greener transport modes such as the bus, cycling, and walking through the provision of dedicated infrastructure and associated management and regulatory measures.
These initial Phase 1 works would constitute the very first Bus Priority facilities in Waterford City, and involved the provision of dedicate bus and cycle lanes over the length of the schemes. The schemes totally almost 15 km in length included initiatives such as widening of the carriageway to provide bus lanes, new bus stop infrastructure, provision of cycle lanes, enhanced footpaths and new pedestrian crossing facilities, upgrading of junctions to signal control and upgrading existing roundabouts.
Following a comprehensive series of surveys and site audits DBFL initially prepared the preliminary design in addition to stakeholder consultation materials and planning documentation of these two schemes. Upon recite of planning DBFL were retained to undertake the details design, compile tender documentation and evaluate the submitted tenders on behalf of the local authority. Upon appointment of the contractor DBFL undertook the role of construction supervision for the initial Phase 1a (4km) works.
In 2015, DBFL were again appointed to undertake the option development and preliminary design of the Phase 2 sections of both the R680 and the R683 corridor green routes. The design of the Phase 2 schemes, which covered approximately 7km, was tasked with providing a greater level of continuous ‘end-2-end’ bus priority which subsequently required a number of large roundabout junctions to be converted to traffic signal controlled arrangements. DBFL were retained to undertake the detail design and tender documentation of the initial Phase 2a works with construction currently on-going. It is envisioned that the remaining Phase 2b works will commenced upon recite of the necessary funding.