ROADS will only be closed at night while traffic lights are being installed on one of the county’s busiest bridges.
Concerns had been raised in Ballincollig that closures to the Inniscarra bridge would cause traffic chaos. The bridge is the only entry point to the town from the Inniscarra area.
The narrow, two-way bridge, which links Ballincollig with Inniscarra, 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 road closures will now be restricted to night-time, after the design team for the project took into account local concerns. The first closures will take place next week.
“The advance works contract for the signalisation of the Inniscarra Bridge involves the laying of ducting across the bridge,” said Mr O’Regan. “Concerns relating to traffic delays have been addressed by the design team. It is now proposed to undertake the works at night-time, using a system called micro-trenching. Using this system, these works can be undertaken in a shorter timeline, thus not having an impact on the busy daily traffic using the bridge.
“It is proposed to close the bridge each night from Monday, April 1, until Thursday, April 4, from 10pm to 6am. Diversion routes will be in place,” he added.
Local councillor Daithi O’Donnabhain (FF) said the news of night closures is a relief for locals.
“The Inniscarra Bridge carries large volumes of traffic at all commuter times and would normally be very busy during daylight hours. The efforts being taken will keep disruptions to a minimum, with diversions in place. There is every possibility that some residents may be adversely affected, but the works will not take longer than one week, and are necessary to alleviate the ongoing, persistent traffic problems."