PROPOSALS for several road improvements in the Glanmire Road area, including a new greenway and pedestrian bridge, have been announced by Cork County Council.
The works involve a number of measures to improve the accessibility, sustainability, capacity and safety of the transport network in the Sallybrook, Glanmire and Riverstown areas.
A total of 16 projects have been proposed.
The Part 8 planning proposals come after Cork County Council secured €5.9 million from the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) for the Glanmire area and planning permission was granted for 608 homes to be built by O'Flynn Construction at Ballinglanna under the Strategic Housing Development process by An Bord Pleanála.
The works by Cork County Council will involve upgrades in the townlands of Dunkettle, Glanmire, Ballinglanna, Poulacurry South, Poulacurry North, Ballincrossig, Riverstown and Lota More.
A new greenway is planned from Riverstown to Coláiste an Phiarsigh to promote active travel in the area whilst connecting various locations and a new pedestrian and cycling bridge north of the vehicular Glanmire bridge is also proposed.
Church Hill junction will have a right-hand lane incorporated from the R639 with improved pedestrian/cycling facilities and increased junction capacity.
The right-hand turn at the Dunkettle slip road will be removed and a raised carriageway will be introduced to reduce speeds at the Glanmire Bridge.
Riverstown Cross and the junctions at Glanmire Road/Hazelwood Road, Riverstown Road/East Cliff Road junction as well as the Tivoli Junction will see improved cycling and pedestrian facilities and signalised junctions will be introduced at a number of locations.
The East Cliff Road pinch point will also be addressed by a realignment of the road and a widening of the footpath.
The improvements are being proposed following reports carried out by MHL & Associates Ltd Consulting Engineers for Cork County Council and Systra/Jacobs for the National Transport Authority.
Recommendations from these were incorporated into the Cobh Municipal District Local Area Plan.
A public exhibition has been scheduled for May 17 from 12am to 8pm in the Glanmire Scout Hall to provide the community with an opportunity to view the plans and raise queries with the project team.
Submissions on the 16 projects can be made up until June 29. Details are available at www.corkcoco.ie.