A BALLINCOLLIG-based councillor has warned that any closure of the Inniscarra Bridge will have to include a detailed traffic plan to avoid “gridlock and pandemonium”.
The narrow two-way bridge, which links Ballincollig with Inniscarra, is a major route for traffic crossing the river Lee and carries up to 7,500 vehicles per day.
The bridge features an incline which makes it difficult for cars on either side to see what is coming toward them until they access the bridge, resulting in numerous instances a day of cars have to reverse off it to let heavy goods vehicles pass.
County councillors agreed to install traffic lights on the bridge last year. ARUP has won the contract for this and detailed designs are currently being drawn up.
However, ducting works on the bridge will require a road closure – possibly in the summer. The bridge is one of three crossing points across the Lee in the highly populated Inniscarra area. The others are at the Angler’s Rest and at Rooves Bridge in Coachford.
Councillor Daithí O’Donnabháin said it is not yet known how long the bridge will be closed for but traffic management will be key to alleviating problems.
“I welcome that we have been given assurances that it will go ahead despite the city boundary change.
“However, shutting this bridge for any length of time will cause major disruption so I think a traffic management plan is going to have to be brought in and people are going to have to be informed of the times and duration of closures and what alternatives will be put in place.
“If you take the Inniscarra Bridge out of the equation it will lead to absolute gridlock and pandemonium so this needs to be very carefully teased out,” he added.