Little Island overbridge to close for Easter weekend upgrade works

Little Island overbridge to close for Easter weekend upgrade works
The overbridge at Little Island. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

TWENTY FOUR hour works are to be carried out at the Little Island Interchange over the Easter Holiday weekend to upgrade the busy junction.

The council confirmed that in agreement with An Garda Siochana, in order to minimise disruption, the lane configuration work on the overbridge itself will be completed over the weekend commencing at 8pm on Thursday, April 18 until 6am on Tuesday, April 23.

“These works will be progressed on a 24-hour basis throughout the weekend in order to ensure that the road is reopened to traffic before the Tuesday morning peak.” 

The council also assured that pedestrian access across the bridge will be maintained throughout the works with access for emergency vehicles also being accommodated.

They said alternative routes are well signposted with the diversions being via either the Carrigtohill/Fota Island junction or via the Dunkettle Interchange.

According to the local authority, the works on the western footpath area are progressing well and remain on target for completion by Friday, while over the coming week, road widening works will continue near the Jones Engineering premises and footpath construction works will continue on the Glounthane Road.

The project has been met with some impatience by local residents and employees who complained of up to 90-minute delays since the works began.

At the Dunkettle interchange, ground investigation works are continuing with the Dunkettle Project Team focused on exploring options and measures aimed at minimising delay and congestion at the Interchange, both before and during the main construction works.

The County Council also said they will be imminently launching a traffic app called ‘Dunkettle Live’ over the coming weeks which will hopefully assist in reducing peak time traffic volumes by providing real-time journey information and real-time information on traffic flows at various parts of the network.

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