SUBMISSIONS are open for a major upgrade to Clarke's Hill Road which includes new traffic lights, footpaths, set down facilities for buses and a widening of the one-kilometre road.
The proposals include a right-hand turning lane onto Clarke's Hill from the Rochestown Road to allow traffic coming from behind to continue onward without long delays.
The junction between the existing lower Mount Oval ‘Clarke’s Wood’ entrance and Clarke’s Hill will now be a signalised junction. The junction between the existing upper Mount Oval ‘Dewberry’ entrance and Clarke’s Hill will remain signalised but will include a new right turning lane from Clarke’s Hill into the housing estate.
A two-metre wide footway will be provided for the full length of the proposed development on both sides of the carriageway.
Councillor Seamus McGrath (FF) said the public has a part to play in influencing the works as he believes there are some areas which could be improved upon, particularly plans for traffic lights at the intersection between Clarke's Hill and the Rochestown Road.
“I’d be interested to see the public submissions,” he said. “The fly in the ointment is they are proposing a signalised junction with Clarke’s Hill and the Rochestown Road, and I have mixed views on that.
“The Part 8 process has a role to play. The engineers say it has to happen, from a regulations point of view. Having said that, there has been a courtesy system in place there that has worked quite well. I’m not convinced traffic lights will improve the situation at that junction,” he added.
Cork County Council said the scheme will improve the area for pedestrians and motorists.
“The completion of the proposed local road improvement scheme will improve the road infrastructure for road users with a specific emphasis on facilities for pedestrians and local bus services.
“Cork County Council has, in recent years, upgraded the L2472 (and a short section of the L2471) between Maryborough Hill and the upper entrance (signalised junction) to Mount Oval Development. The completed local road upgrade works were delivered in two phases between 2010 and 2014. The current road improvement scheme will serve to complete the final phase of the L2472 and L2471 local road upgrade schemes.” The impact on the local environment and landscape during works is set to be minimal by County Council engineers.
“The scheme itself is not determined to have a noise impact on the local area as it is a retrospectively fitted road widening scheme and is not envisaged to generate traffic over and above the existing traffic on the road.” The public has until March 26 to make submissions on the works. The designs are on display at Cork County Council offices on the Carrigrohane Road.