Donegal County Council says it hopes a footpath at Drumboe Lower leading to the new Finn Valley College will be finished by September 30th.
In a statement issued this afternoon, the council acknowledges that it would have been better to have had this work finished before new the school year.
However, the council says the contractor has started, and proper traffic management arrangements are being put in place for traffic and pedestrians.
The traffic management plan provides for one way traffic to operate on the uphill lane and is controlled by traffic lights. Pedestrians will be directed by cones and signs through a safe walking corridor. There may be intermittent delays while a house is demolished and construction of the footpath is completed.
On the delay in completing the work, the council says it originally intended to undertake the work by direct labour using its own work crews but due to a number of constraints had to arrange for an external contractor to carry out the work. That meant it had to issue tender documents, and allow time to award the contract, and that delayed the start of the work.
The estimated date for completion of the footpath is 30 September 2011, with the council saying this will be monitored regularly with every effort made to finish sooner if possible.