WORKS are underway to unclog one of the most congested satellite towns in Cork.
The Carrigaline Western Relief Road has long been considered a crucial project to ease congestion and allow the town to grow further and realise its economic potential.
It effectively creates a bypass of the town centre and will free up Main Street, which is used by more than 15,000 vehicles a day.
A number of advanced works have been carried out to clear the way for the road project, including the removal of large amounts of pottery waste, a remnant of the old pottery industry which provided a main source of employment in the town for much of the 20th century.
The preparatory works also involve the removal of ESB power lines and installation of underground ducts.
Cork County Council is now in the second stage of the tender process, following a shortlist of contractors compiled in April.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan-Foley said: “The advanced works completed in Carrigaline will greatly aid in the progression of the Carrigaline Western Relief Road.
“Once the project is complete, Carrigaline will have room to develop and grow, leading to a much better quality of life for its residents, and a more attractive location for visitors.
“The Council’s investment here will go a long way towards helping Carrigaline thrive.”
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, said: “Carrigaline is the largest town in our local authority area and the Western Relief Road will serve to strengthen the local economy and its prosperity long into the future.”