CORK County Council will have to undertake a full redesign of the N25 Midleton to Carrigtwohill upgrade, according to officials.
A design for the upgrade of the road — which forms part of the Cork to Waterford road — to either a high-quality dual carriageway or a motorway — was completed almost a decade ago but due to the economic crash funding never materialised for the project.
This week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the N25 forms part of the Government’s plan for the Atlantic Corridor road network but County Hall engineers will have to return to the drawing board for designs after a project appraisal plan was approved by the Department of Transport.
Councillor Anthony Barry (FG) reacted with dismay that the Midleton to Carrigtwohill section of the N25 must be redesigned.
“The proposal is going for the proposal now? Surely that was done years ago. It would be a shame to have to go through the whole process again,” he said.
“I am surprised that only eight or nine years ago, we did a full report on it and design at large cost. It’s amazing that a few years later we have to go back and go through the whole process again. It’s a shame,” he added.
Noel Collins (IND) added: “The Carrigtwohill to Midleton upgrade scheme is very urgently needed to create a safer flow of traffic. The Lakeview Roundabout is also a very dangerous traffic zone.”
County Hall director of roads Aidan Weir said the previous design is outdated by modern standards.
“The project appraisal plan, which is the first step, has been approved and the clears the way to start designing the scheme. Presumably, it will be a dual carriageway.
“Standards have changed and technical details have changed from eight to 10 years ago so it does require, unfortunately, a full review.
“Everything is ready to go with the Lakeview Roundabout but we need to get a source of funding for it,” he added.