I’ve been thinking lately that it would be great if Dodder View Road would be permanently closed to traffic.
The route – shown as R112 on most maps – runs alongside the River Dodder between Terenure and Rathfarnham.
Along it’s 1.2km length, between the Rathfarnham Shopping Centre at Fairways and Rathfarnham Road, there are no other roads coming off it, no driveways, and no homes or businesses requiring access. It exists solely for traffic to pass straight through, often at high speed.
The road also bisects some lovely parkland that runs along the Dodder valley to the south of Bushy Park, and curtails full enjoyment of the park because of the noise and danger of passing traffic.
There’s no particular reason to keep this road open. Motorised traffic could easily be accommodated on the nearby Butterfield Avenue.
It would be nicer if this road were reclaimed as parkland, and the road replaced with a greenway footpath and cyclepath for the benefit of nearby residents.