THE contracts for Carrigaline’s urgently needed relief road were signed this week –a decade after work started on the project.
The town’s relief road is located a short distance west of Carrigaline’s Main Street and will allow traffic bypass the town centre. The new road will also facilitate the expansion of the town centre on zoned development land.
‘This is a critical piece of infrastructure for Carrigaline and is urgently needed given the serious traffic problems in the town,’ said County Mayor Séamus McGrath. ‘Progressing to the Detailed Design phase is a significant step forward for the project as the next phase is construction. The design phase will take approximately 12 months to complete and this timeframe must be used to secure the funding required to progress to construction without delay.’
Works on this project began over a decade ago, but difficulties securing funding had caused delays. However, speaking on the progression of the project, chief executive of Cork County Council, Mr. Tim Lucey confirmed that the Council has acquired approximately 95% of the lands required to build the road. ‘We have also completed a number of site investigations and have advanced works in building and demolition contracts on the ground. The recently acquired lands for the road project were fenced in May 2016 and we are pleased to now be in a position to progress with the acquisition of the remaining lands required for the road,’ he said.
Atkins Consulting Engineers, based at Cork Airport Business Park, have been appointed to complete the detail design stage and have the project ‘shovel ready’ for construction.
The construction stage cost for the road project is estimated to cost in the region of €7m and will commene later this month.