A new footbridge is being proposed to connect the Letterkenny Retail Park with Leck.
A bridge over the River Swilly would reduce traffic on the south side of Letterkenny and encourage more locals to walk to work, according to local Councillor Gerry McMonagle.
Cllr McMonagle is calling on the council to apply for Active Travel funding to get a structure designed for the area.
Speaking at this month’s MD meeting, Cllr McMonagle pointed out that the Oldtown/Leck area has just one road connecting it to the town centre, which can experience traffic delays in the morning and when funeral corteges travel to the graveyard.
“It would also begin the opening up the Swilly, people would be crossing over the river and seeing the benefits it provides for us all,” Cllr McMonagle said.
“I think it would open up all sorts of potential for the area and reduce traffic in the area substantially.”
The council is already proposing to add a pedestrian link between Leck lane over the River Swilly to Leck Graveyard and Leck Road as part of the Southern Relief Road Scheme. The Southern Relief
Road is currently being assessed by DTTaS.
Cllr McMonagle said he feels it will take a long time to realise the scheme, and has asked that Active Travel funding be explored as a quicker option.