ONE of Cork's busiest roundabouts is to be resurfaced after years of complaints from locals.
Cork County Council has confirmed that Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has released funding and works will begin early next year on the Poulavone Roundabout.
The surface at the traffic lights leading to Ballincollig from the Carrigrohane Straight is also set to be relayed.
The Poulavone Roundabout is the main entry point to Ballincollig from the N22 and Carrigrohane Road from the city.
Cork County Council has been refused funding from TII annually as far back as 2014 for essential works on the roundabout.
The authority submitted a new application in May and has now been told that funding is available and a contractor has been appointed.
Local Councillor Derry Canty (FG) said it was high time the funding had come through.
“At long last we're being listened to. It's a long, long time since anything has been done to the roundabout in terms of patching of the surface by TII,” he said.
“Also, the confirmation of works at the Carrigrohane traffic lights is to be welcomed as the concrete had been tarred over and there were loose chips.
"I would ask that the strip of road from Inchigaggin up to there would be kept on the agenda for works it the future,” he added Daithi Ó Donnabháin (FF) said the roundabout was hazardous and people were swerving to avoid potholes. "The road is the responsibility of the TII and they have been shirking that responsibility," he said.
Ballincollig Municipal District officer Kevin O'Regan said that while the roundabout and surface at the traffic lights will be resurfaced, the remainder of the Carrigrohane Road will remain as it is.
“Funding has been provided by Transport Infrastructure Ireland for the resurfacing of the N22 Poulavone Roundabout and a short section of the N22 Carrigrohane Road on the approach to the Traffic Signals,” he said.
“Arkil Ltd has been appointed as Contractor. We don’t have their Program as yet for when the works will take place but it is anticipated that it will be in the early part of 2018. No funding was provided from the last release of funds for resurfacing works to the remainder of N22 Carrigrohane Road,” he added.