PROGRESS has been called for on a year-old traffic light plan for a busy bridge in Ballincollig.
Councillors in the Ballincollig-Carrigaline and Blarney-Macroom municipal districts agreed to install traffic lights on the Inniscarra Bridge in January but nothing has yet happened.
The narrow two-way bridge which links Ballincollig with Inniscarra is a major route for traffic crossing the river Lee carrying 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.
A County Council report stated that the signals will prevent two vehicles meeting on the deck of the bridge and will operate on 90-second cycles at off-peak times and 120 seconds at peak times. The plans involve a traffic light system and a ‘stop and go’ system which would remain on red until cars approach.
The plan has yet to reach the final planning stages just six months out from the area being subsumed into the city, prompting fears it will not be picked up by City Council.
Councillor Bob Ryan (FF) said the matter is urgent and must be brought progressed by County Hall.
“My alternative on that was to blow the bridge up and build a new bridge. This is going on a bit now. We need to see progress.”
Des O'Grady (SF) added: “There was an agreement and we were moving forward but we haven't go anywhere. We need an update on this as soon as possible."
County Hall deputy chief executive Declan Daly said work on the project is ongoing.
“We have advanced this in full knowledge that it would become part of the city and we have a scheme prepared to do that.”