THE entrance to the Cork Docklands is set for a major €6m upgrade under new proposals from Cork City Council.
Albert Quay, Victoria Road, Albert Road and four key traffic junctions are all set for major improvements.
Riverside coffee kiosks, new cycle paths, dedicated public transport lanes, new trees, art sculptures and street furniture are all included in the proposals.
The project will also see the removal of the roundabout at the entrance to the Centre Park Road to be replaced by a signalised junction with priority for traffic coming in and out of the Docklands.
The project aims to open up the two sites in the Docklands for residential developments supplying 700 new homes by 2021.
Cork City Council was granted €15.5m from the Government for four projects to unlock sites in the Cork Docklands for new homes.
City Hall is proceeding with the first of these proposals aimed at improving the transport links between the city centre and the Cork Docklands.
Albert Quay, Victoria Road, Albert Road are the main focus of the €6m project along with sections of Monahan's Road, Custom House Street and Horgan's Quay.
The junctions of Albert Quay and Clontarf and Eamon DeValera bridges will be upgraded along with the junction of Albert Road and Albert Street and the roundabout that connects Victoria Road with the Centre Park Road.
According to the proposals, the overall project must rely on previous Docklands planning conditions and studies.
This includes the Cork Docklands Public Realm Masterplan that was produced in 2011 and proposes a number of changes and upgrades to Albert Quay including the addition of two new coffee kiosks, a new cantilevered deck between Eamon DeValera bridge and Albert Quay and significant art pieces and installations.
Once consultants are appointed to oversee the entire project early next year, the project is expected to take a year to design and modify through public consultation. Following this, construction is expected to take 15 months to complete.
Construction has already commenced on a major new office development on Albert Quay called Navigation Square.