WORK is to begin on a junction upgrade at Thomas Davis Bridge on the north side of Cork city.
The proposed works will take place on the Sunday’s Well/Lee Road side of the bridge and will aim to reduce congestion and delays for both commuters and public transport, the city council has confirmed.
The works will include a new splitter island, new pedestrian crossings to the south of the bridge, traffic signals and new road signs and markings.
An extension of the pay parking area will also be introduced as well as an upgrade to the existing footpaths to provide dropped kerbs and tactile paving.
There are also plans for resurfacing where required.
Former Lord Mayor of Cork city and local councillor Tony Fitzgerald (FF) said the bridge is an important link across the river Lee.
The junction currently operates as a typical priority T junction, with traffic on the western road giving way to traffic from Lee Road and Sunday’s Well Road.
The predominant movements through the junction are Western Road to Sunday’s well road and Sunday’s well road to Western Road.
“At present, at times during the day and particularly during the evening peak, traffic backs up on over the bridge causing delays on to the Western Road (N22), resulting in increased congestion and delays to both commuters and public transport,” said Mr Fitzgerald. “The current junction layout does not provide any facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.”