A TRAFFIC plan for Leemount Cross is badly needed, given daily tailbacks into Ballincollig and onto the town bypass, councillors have warned.
At the junction near the end of the Inniscarra Road, four main arteries into the city converge from the north, from Cloghroe, the Lee Road, and the Carrigrohane Road. There are long peak-time delays at the junction.
Councillor Bob Ryan (FF) said, “I had a motion on this three years ago and I have yet to see any drawings or any proposals in relation to it.
“The people out there, and in the hinterland, suffer amazing traffic issues there, morning and evening. People throughout the county travel those roads from Cloghroe, North Cork, and from Macroom. When they get to the lights at the end of the straight road, the traffic situation there is appalling,” he added.
Des O’Grady (SF) said he fears the issue will be prolonged by the area becoming part of the city from May 2019.
“We’ve had an engineer here telling us no matter what you do with Leemount junction, it won’t solve the problem, because the traffic is so dense there at certain times of the day,” he said. “It’s blocking Ballincollig traffic up to the main street, because cars can’t get onto the [Poulavone] roundabout,” he added.
County Hall director of roads and transportation, Aidan Weir, said a number of designs have been drawn to transform the junction, but with land acquisitions required and owners yet to be approached, making them public would be “premature”.