THE County Council has gone to tender on the Carrigaline Inner Western Relief Road, 13 years after it was first prioritised in the Carrigaline Area Transportation Study (CATS) carried out in 2006.
It is estimated that construction of the €7m road will take 18 months from tender, which will be completed by the first quarter of 2020.
Local Councillor Seamus McGrath said that the tender process will initially have a contractor pre-qualification stage and then proceed to full tender.
“The overall process should take 4-5 months. A contractor should be appointed early in the new year with work on the construction of the road starting soon after.”
Traffic volumes in Carrigaline have increased 150% since CATS, the multi-criteria analysis report, was carried out in 2006. The 2006 report showed Carrigaline’s main street carries 15,000 vehicles a day.
Mr McGrath said it was fantastic news.
“It is superb news, this is an important project that is essential to the growth and development of Carrigaline.”
Mr McGrath said it would finally offer an alternative to the main street and allow configuration to take place on the main street as well as the public realm works that are in the pipeline.
“It’s all systems go from now,” Mr McGrath said. As well as this, written confirmation has been secured by the Government to provide funding for the project to completion.
“I have been following up on this week to week with direct contact with the roads and design office,” Mr McGrath said.
The councillor also said it was an advantage that the construction was mostly on off-road and won’t affect daily traffic.
“It is mostly being built on green lands, which means it will not result in chaotic traffic while in construction,” Mr McGrath said.