TRAFFIC diversions due to City Council works to install cycle lanes from Ballyvolane into the city centre are causing traffic chaos for commuters and huge delays for local residents, a city councillor has warned.
The Ballyhooly Road was closed to outbound traffic between the junction of Gordon’s Hill and Ballyvolane Cross from yesterday until April 15.
City Councillor Tom Brosnan said the measures are an effort to push people toward an “unreliable” public transport system and onto bicycles.
He said the northside is not “bicycle territory” with all its hills and that the cycle lane should go through the Glen Rover Park instead.
Mr Brosnan said he has witnessed some people drive through diversions on the route last night – a situation he has described as “dangerous”.
“I went down there for a look last night and I saw at least four cars at about 9.30pm going right through and ignoring the whole thing – they went outbound via the Ballyhooly Road,” he said.
“That's a dangerous situation created by what I would call pigheadedness on the part of City Council.
“I was in talking to engineers last week to say that they should have a traffic system there to allow local traffic – that is people living in the area, access,” he said.
“It's OK to have a nose through situation but local people should have access. The imposition that the city has put on them is enormous and the traffic at what we call O'Callaghan's Cross is terrible. The lights haven't been adjusted or anything.”
Mr Brosnan said local residents are facing huge delays in getting to their homes due to the roadworks.
“There are 54 houses in Oak Park and 14 houses from the foot of Gordon's Hill to Oak Park and they are being thrown into a chaotic traffic situation. It's an incredible diversion,” he said.
“If you drop your kids to school, in the morning it could take you hours to get home. This is going to last 12 weeks in very bad weather and in darkness and people will drive against the diversions at night,” he added.
Officials at Cork City Hall have moved to defend the timeframe attached to the project.
In addition to the installation of the cycle lane, the public realm in the area will be upgraded.
At the same time, the replacement of water mains will take place in the area. While city officials conceded that this would result in a longer closure, they added that it means that the road will not have to be closed again in the coming years to facilitate the essential waterworks.
Cork City Council has advised traffic for Dublin Hill and Ballyvolane to turn left at the junction with Glen Avenue, while traffic for Mayfield and Silversprings should turn right and travel via Gordon’s Hill, Old Youghal Road and the North Ring Road.