TWO of Cork’s most important infrastructure projects stepped up a gear today when works got underway to progress the Dunkettle Interchange and the Shannonpark Roundabout schemes.
Meetings have been held between gardaí, Cork City Council and Cork County Council to restrict traffic impacts and works have now taken a significant step forward at both sites.
Ground investigation works commenced at the Dunkettle Interchange today and will continue for a number of weeks.
Engineers will test ground conditions, and carry out detailed surveys of the drainage network.
All works will be carried out each night from 10pm to minimise traffic disruption.
Lane restrictions will cease at 6am each morning.
Meanwhile, construction works to redesign the Shannonpark Roundabout also began today with traffic management measures in place. Localised lane width reductions may be required. However, no lane closures are envisaged and these initial works should not cause any significant disruption to traffic, engineers have said.
Cork County Council had plans to install traffic lights at the busy roundabout — one of the busiest junctions outside the city — but abandoned them amid strong objections from local groups. Slip roads and lane extensions will be used instead to relieve traffic at the roundabout. Works at the Raffeen Junction will get underway over the next few weeks. Meanwhile, other significant infrastructure projects on the outskirts of the city are continuing.
Work to improve access to the Little Island Interchange are due to begin on March 4.
Council engineers plan to alter the way motorists enter and exit Little Island by putting in an extra lane at the Eastgate Bridge entering into Little Island, while the Crompán Roundabout will be adjusted to accommodate the change.