WORKS to improve traffic flow on the Shannonpark Roundabout outside Carrigaline are expected to begin in mid-February.
The roundabout is one of the busiest in Cork’s commuter belt and is regularly clogged with traffic during morning and evening rush hour periods.
Cork County Council had plans to install traffic lights at the roundabout but abandoned them amid strong objections from local community groups and residents.
Slip roads and lane extensions will instead be used to relieve congestion.
The Regional Design Office is involved in ongoing discussions with the lowest tenderer and are currently going through the approval process.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Seamus McGrath said the works are badly needed to improve journey times.
“I welcome the report that the tender process is advanced and that the works are due to commence in February,” he said.
Mr McGrath said these works would have a number of benefits to the area, including improved safety.
“It should improve capacity on the Shannonpark Roundabout and we know that there is some queuing there at particular times of the day and, of course, the junction with the R610 and the N28, in relation to safety,” he said.
“I think that work is badly needed to slow traffic at that particular junction and to try and make the access from it easier and safer.”
The project is also required due to the development of an 800-home housing estate in the area.
The 100-acre Janeville site was purchased by Astra Construction Services in 2004 and building started on the site in 2017.
There are more than 150 people working on the site.
Janeville may take seven or eight years to complete over a number of phases, given the scale and size of the 100-acre development.