Tipperary County Council has signed the contract for construction works on the River Ara Walkway in Tipperary town with Metro Building Contractors from Wexford.
The event took place on Friday and was followed by a site visit for a ceremonial turning of the first sod.
Work will now commence with an October completion date.
The project includes a 1km walkway along the southern bank of the River Ara which will start on the Link Road in Tipperary town at the new pedestrian bridge and will connect to existing paths and amenities in Glenview Square, creating a looped walkway in the area.
The project also includes a community area, commemorative display wall, a playground constructed from natural materials, an amphitheatre for community events, an enhanced natural wetland area and extensive additional planting will be undertaken.
The constructed walkway will be 3m wide and the surface finished with macadam making it fully accessible for all.