R639 Improvement Scheme Cashel

Sustainable Infrastructure

Location: Co. Tipperary
Client: Tipperary County Council
Status: Active
Overall Project Value: €1.8M estimated construction value
Start Date: September 2021

Brief Description

In September 2021, Fehily Timoney and Company (FT) were engaged by Tipperary County Council to provide design services for the upgrade of the R639 on the southern side of Cashel town. The R639 was previously the main route from Cork to Dublin until completion of the M8 motorway. As the road entered Cashel from the south, it maintained many of the characteristics of a national road including wide traffic lanes, no cycling facilities and missing footpaths. FT were tasked with improving the active travel infrastructure of the road and introducing traffic calming measures for a length of approximately 1km from the N74 to Deerpark Road.

The improvement works included the addition of new raised cycle tracks along both sides of the R639 and the upgrading of the footpath network to extend existing footpaths along the full length of the study area and to widen existing footpaths were possible. Existing traffic lanes were narrowed in order to slow vehicles within the 50k/hr speed zone and new verge space was created for landscaping.

New pedestrian crossings were provided throughout the study area and existing wide road junctions were narrowed. The scheme included an upgrade to the public lighting, additional drainage infrastructure and all ancillary construction works.



R639 roundabout design R639 Improvement Scheme Cashel



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FT Responsibilities

FT were responsible for taking the project through 6 of the NTA project phases which included:

  • Phase 2 – Options Assessment
  • Phase 3 – Design
  • Phase 4 – Planning
  • Phase 5 – Detailed Design, Tender Action, Evaluation and Award
  • Phase 6 – Construction, and
  • Phase 7 – Final Report

FT were also appointed PSDP for both the design and construction phases of the project.

Project Statistics

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grade separated cycling track delivered

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Cyclists and pedestrians given priority at 26 road and driveway crossings

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Vehicle speeds reduced along the R639

Available positionsAll Careers

Position Sector Location
Associate Director – Highways and Active Travel Sustainable Infrastructure Cork, Dublin or Carlow
Principal Structural Design Engineer Sustainable Infrastructure Cork, Dublin or Carlow
Senior Engineer – Drainage Sustainable Infrastructure Cork, Dublin or Carlow
Principal Project Manager – Highways Sustainable Infrastructure Cork, Dublin or Carlow