Consultation needed to avoid 'gridlock and pandemonium' when Inniscarra Bridge closes

Consultation needed to avoid 'gridlock and pandemonium' when Inniscarra Bridge closes
The Inniscarra Bridge 

A CLEAR plan and communication with the public have been called for as one of the county’s busiest bridges is set to close this summer.

ARUP has been appointed to install a traffic light system on the Inniscarra Bridge in Ballincollig and site meetings between County Hall engineers have now taken place with a summer closure proposed to carry out the ducting works.

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.

It 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.

Councillor Derry Canty (FG) has urged County Hall and ARUP to undertake a campaign to make the public aware of the closures and the alternative routes that will be in place once the closure dates are agreed to and confirmed.

He has also cautioned that provisions for people both entering and exiting Ballincollig’s regional park should be agreed and communicated before the closures are eventually enforced.

Daithí O’Donnabháin (FF) recently warned against “gridlock and pandemonium” and has called for a traffic plan to be devised.

Mr Canty said: “The works will be carried out in the summer.

“It could simply not be done during the school year. There are different sets of drawings for the traffic lights which will have to be decided on.

“The bridge will be resurfaced as well while it’s being done.

“The entrance into the regional park could be a problem and I don’t know how engineers are going to cater for that.”

He added: “There will have to be plenty of notice for the public before it starts so that people know in plenty of time what’s going to happen.

“It has to be organised probably rather than confusing them.

“There will have to be a clear plan for people entering and exiting the regional park,” he added.

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