AN UPGRADE to one of the busiest junctions in the city must be prioritised in City Hall’s budget, a councillor has warned.
The long-awaited upgrade for the junction of Clarke’s Hill and the Rochestown Road was brought to the final planning stages by Cork County Council in December of last year before the area transferred into the city as part of May’s boundary expansion.
The planned works include the widening of the carriageway to six metres, over a distance of one kilometre, with two two-metre-wide footpaths on either side of the road, with the exception of a number of pinch points.
It will also include upgraded bus stops, renewed boundary walls and fences, a new signalised junction on the northern entrance to Mount Oval, a signalised junction at the intersection of Clarke’s Hill and Rochestown Road and sight turning lanes.
The stretch of road can carry up to 20,000 cars a day and designs are already drawn.
City councillor Deirdre Forde, who was a county councillor when the plans were being advanced, has urged the council to make the junction a priority in its next budget.
“I have met with the city council chief executive and I told her the junction at Clarke's Hill needs to be prioritised. The county council took the planning to the final stages and then handed it over to the city council,” Ms Forde said.
“The design is done and there should be no delay as it is the most important part of the infrastructure jigsaw in the whole area and should be closely followed by upgrades to Coach Hill.
“I am hoping that it will be on the agenda in September and we’re coming up to negotiations for the budget and those projects will have to be highlighted at that,” Ms Forde added.
Meanwhile, Senator Jerry Buttimer is calling for a plan to upgrade the condition of the Rochestown Road.
“This is a vital piece of road infrastructure serving an ever-increasing population and needs a progressive strategic plan to upgrade this road,” Mr Buttimer said.
“I welcome the resurfacing of the section from Harty’s Quay to Hop Island which is part of Cork City Councils Road Resurfacing Program 2019.
“There are serious issues with the continuous depressions on sections of the road which need proper investigation and repair, the junctions at Clarke's Hill and Rochestown Road needs to be prioritised and fast-tracked for upgrade, the need to address the junction of Coach Hill and Rochestown Road needs to be escalated for proper design.
“The Rochestown road is a vital link and needs to be prioritised for upgrade at the earliest to maintain free flow of traffic and will aid in better traffic management for the greater Douglas area,” Mr Buttimer added.