Traffic lights to be installed on Inniscarra Bridge by next month

Traffic lights to be installed on Inniscarra Bridge by next month
The Inniscarra bridge at Ballincollig Regional Park.

ONE of Cork’s busiest bridges will have traffic lights installed by next month, with signalisation works to begin in the coming days.

The narrow, two-way Inniscarra Bridge, which links Ballincollig with the Inniscarra area, is a major route for traffic crossing the river Lee and carries up to 7,500 vehicles per day.

Traffic lights are to be installed to stop heavy goods vehicles and cars meeting head-on on the bridge and then having to reverse off it. This is a common cause of delay.

Ballincollig-Carrigaline municipal district officer Kevin O’Regan said resurfacing works will be carried out at night and daytime traffic flows will see minimal disruption.

“Cork County Council will commence work on the signalisation and resurfacing of the Inniscarra Bridge this week,” he said.

“The contractors carrying out the works are Tac Coat Services, Farran, and Infratech Ltd, from Grenagh.

“The works will take circa four weeks to complete.

“Traffic flows will be maintained at all times during the day while the works are ongoing although there will be some delays under a stop/go system at times.

“The resurfacing works towards the end of the contract will be carried out at night time,” he added.

The works are set to be completed by Cork County Council just ahead of the June’s city boundary expansion which will see Ballincollig come under City Hall control.

The bridge is one of just three crossings across the Lee in the highly populated Inniscarra area.

The others are at the Angler’s Rest and at Rooves Bridge in Coachford.

The bridge features an incline which makes it difficult for cars on either side to see what is coming toward them until they access the bridge, resulting in cars having to reverse off it to let heavy goods vehicles pass.

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