VITAL road works needed in Carrigaline close to the long-awaited Ballinrea Education Campus, which is to open next year, are to be completed by May 2021, County Hall has said.
Confirmation that the works would be completed ahead of the 2021-2022 academic year was given by Director of Roads Padraig Barrett.
Speaking at County Hall, Mr Barrett said the local authority would be going to tender this month, with a view to appointing a contractor by Christmas and completing the works by May, 2021.
This extension of the project will mean that Cork County Council will need to speak to the National Transport Authority (NTA) about carrying over funding into 2021.
“I would love to say a load of it can be constructed offsite and brought in and we would have it completed by Christmas, but that is not the case, that is an onsite build as you know.
“We will try and get as much of it done as we can before Christmas, but I would imagine there is a five to six-month construction programme there, so it would be finished by May of next year, that is assuming we get the contractor appointed before Christmas.”
Speaking about the project, Carrigaline Fianna Fáil Councillor Seamus McGrath said the delay in the works was disappointing, but the funding being secured into 2021 was welcome.
“These are much-needed works, regardless of the new school campus, the work is needed anyway, the likes of the crossing on the Cork road, by Heron’s wood, that is badly needed because it is the main road in and out of Carrigaline, it is exceptionally busy and it is very difficult for people to cross to the bus shelter at the moment.”