Road upgrades planned for the Silversprings dual carriageway

Road upgrades planned for the Silversprings dual carriageway
The duel carriageway at Tivoli where there are major upgrades planned. Picture Dan Linehan

CORK City Council is planning to commence work on a number of measures which will improve traffic flow at a busy junction that acts as one of the main arteries into the city at the Lower Glanmire Road, North Ring Road and Tivoli Docks near the Silversprings Hotel.

Silversprings Junction is located at the interface between the N8, R635 North Ring Road and a local access road to the Tivoli Docks and proposed works.

City Council is seeking public submissions on the project which would involve 390m of raised road installed on the Lower Glanmire Road and approximately 220m of new-shared pedestrian and cyclist facilities adjacent to the westbound carriageway on the N8.

The reconfiguration would see the existing dual carriageway extended by 450m with a new traffic diverge lane including 880m of pavement works.

A new signalised pedestrian crossing would be installed on the N8 and a new boundary wall to the former HSS hire building site would be built. New zebra crossings on the westbound merge and diverge slip roads are also planned.

An environmental impact report carried out by consultants Jacobs said the development is likely to slow traffic while work is being carried out but will have long-term benefits for commuters.

“There are likely to be minor additional delays to commuters using the N8 as a result of temporary traffic management measures required to facilitate the construction of the proposed scheme. There are a number of private accesses off the eastbound carriageway in the vicinity of the proposed scheme, with most of these being house driveways directly on the N8. However, as these are all on the eastbound carriageway disruption to access will be minimal,” the report states.

“The improvement in journey times, access and connectivity are considered to be a positive improvement for people and economic development prospects in and around Cork.” Site works are likely to commence later in the year and be completed within 12 weeks. Most of the work will be carried out in daylight hours.

Submissions can be made to City Council through http://consult.corkcity.ie or in writing to in an envelope marked “N8 Silversprings Junction Upgrade” to the Roads Design Division, Room 331, City Hall, Cork, or by email toroadsdesign@corkcity.ie before Tuesday, the February 13.

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