The layout of the new system — which includes six lanes, comprising bus lanes, outbound and city-bound bike lanes, and single traffic lanes each way — was presented to council members of the roads and transportation functional committee this week.
The first phase, at the Wilton roundabout and Dennehy’s Cross, will require the use of a portion of several front gardens along the western side of the road.
The plans also include the shifting of traffic-flow through the busy Dennehy’s Cross junction, slightly westwards, and the installation of traffic lights at the junction of Wilton Gardens.
The final planning stages, including a public consultation, will be advertised early next month, if the plans are approved by councillors at a full meeting this Monday.
Engineers will include preparatory measures to allow a light rail system to be established. A light-rail system is expected in the €3.1bn Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS), which is due to be released for public consultation in the coming weeks.
Councillor Henry Cremin (SF) said he believes the €4m Wilton plan should be implemented as soon as possible, as it will make the area safer.
“The council has purchased property to provide traffic signals at Dennehy’s Cross and at Wilton Gardens, which has been a huge problem for years,” he said.