A LONG-awaited upgrade for the junction of Clarke’s Hill and the Rochestown Road will come before councillors for approval at a meeting in County Hall next week.
Councillors in the Ballincollig-Carrigaline municipal district have sent forward the planning for approval of the entire County Council next Monday.
The plans were the subject of 22 submissions, with some reservations regarding the retention of trees, the lack of cycle lanes and the number of signalised junctions.
The planned works include the widening of the carriageway to six metres over a distance of one km, with two 2-metre-wide footpaths on either side of the road with the exception of a number of pinch points where the width drops to 1.2 metres.
It will also include upgraded bus stops, renewed boundary walls and fences, a new signalised junction on the northern entrance to Mount Oval, a signalised junction at the intersection of Clarke’s Hill and Rochestown Road and sight turning lanes.
Mary Rose Desmond (FF) cautioned that the traffic lights will have to be monitored to ensure they are efficient and urged that any trees that are lost as part of the project will be replaced.
“I am extremely anxious that monitoring of the traffic lights would be ongoing and we only have to look at Ballincollig where traffic lights have been disastrous.
“Trees will have to be lost but this is an area which is going to be absolutely hammered in terms of amenities with the M28.
“There is something very beautiful about Coach Hill and Clarke’s Hill in terms of the natural fauna that is there,” she added.
Deirdre Forde (FG) said she had some reservations about the details of the project but likened the planning document to ‘Waiting for Godot’ and said she would be hesitant to hold it back any further.
“This has been in gestation for so long that it’s critical to Rochestown to update the infrastructure in any way we can,” she added.
Marcia D’Alton (IND) criticised the absence of cycle facilities. in the project.
“I think it’s a mockery of our cycle plans as a county that we don’t provide cycle facilities there, particularly as we are so close to the Blackrock to Passage West amenity facility which will be extended in the future.”