Dublin Hill railway bridge escaped a battering yesterday as another truck came very close to attempting to drive an articulated load under the low-lying bridge.
It is understood it took almost 40 minutes to safely reverse the lorry back down the road, with traffic stopped, after the driver realised his truck was not going to fit under the bridge at the last minute.
Speaking to The Echo regarding the incident Sinn Féin Councillor Mick Nugent said he thought this was the third time in the past six months a lorry driver had attempted to take the Dublin hill road with a large load and signage was badly needed for the area to prevent further issues.
The councillor said there was signage in the area, but it was not ineffective and in some cases covered by briars and bushes.
“There should be signage in the surrounding area, such as Blackpool and around Kilbarry Industrial Estate just beyond the bridge where some trucks are coming and going from.” Looking at the bigger picture, Mr Nugent said these incidents highlighted the need for improved infrastructure on the northside of Cork such as the North Ring Road, to separate heavy traffic, such as articulated lorries, from cars.
“It highlights the issue with the wider area in relation to artics going through residential areas.” Mr Nugent said his Sinn Féin colleague, TD Thomas Gould has also helped to direct trucks off Gurranbraher road on a number of occasions, after they took a wrong turn.
The councillor also made the point that there could be an element of concern needed with repeated incidents on the railway bridge.
“You have to be concerned about the stability of the bridge.” Mr Nugent said.