A new northern relief road is to be built in Bandon to remove trucks and heavy goods vehicles from the centre of the town.
Work is proceeding on the road development that will connect the N71 Innishannon road from the east of the town through a new bridge across the river Bandon and then through lands to the north of the town connecting up to the R589 Crossbarry Road and then continuing onto the Dunmanway Road.
A significant amount of the future residential growth is located north of the town centre where accessibility is difficult, due to a narrow and complicated junction at Bank Place/Bandon Bridge which is already congested.
The aim of the relief road is to divert traffic away from the existing pinch-point at North Main Street/Bank Place/Watergate Street junction and to support development opportunities north of the town centre.
Cork County Council is now seeking a contractor to carry out all preliminary work including the route selection and the planning process.
"The primary objectives of the scheme are to provide a strategic transport link to the north of the town of Bandon, which will facilitate the development of residential sites while also minimising traffic delays/congestion within the town and allow the movement of goods and services around the town," the contract tender documents state.
The deadline to respond to the tender is March 22.