Work begins on Ballyhooley Road upgrade

Work begins on Ballyhooley Road upgrade

Roadworks have started on the redesign of the Ballyhooley Road in Ballyvolane . The redesign will see the bad bend on the road go, as well as a new footpath and lighting. Picture: Dan Linehan

WORK has started on the long-awaited revamp of the Ballyhooley Road.

It comes after a lengthy campaign by local councillors, who describe the revamp as crucial for the entire area.

Funding was secured from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in recent weeks, with construction workers moving on to the site in recent days.

Plans include the straightening of the road, with the addition of a footpath and new public lighting.

The road has seen a number of road traffic accidents in recent years, while residents have also noted a number of near misses too.

Local councillor Joe Kavanagh has been campaigning on behalf of locals for a number of years to kickstart the project.

"I am delighted to see work started," he said.

Cllr. Joe Kavanagh at the roadworks. Picture Dan Linehan
Cllr. Joe Kavanagh at the roadworks. Picture Dan Linehan

"This is something I have been fighting for six years in the interest of public safety. Motorists and pedestrians are all affected by this - it is a busy, important road connecting this part of the city to the city centre."

Mr Kavanagh paid tribute to the work done by Cork City Council's roads directorate in securing the funding from the TII.

"There is a lot of money going to be spent on this. It is not something that Cork City Council could have afforded to do on its own so it is great news that the money has been submitted."

There are a number of big schools in the area, as well as the busy Dunnes Stores supermarket and several expanding housing estates.

Mr Kavanagh said that the entire population in the area will see the benefit.

In addition, the former deputy Lord Mayor is calling for the addition of a pedestrian crossing at the former Keating's furniture store, adjacent to the existing bus stop.

"At the moment, we have a situation where a lot of elderly people use the bus to get to and from the area but have major difficulties crossing the road because there is so much traffic," he said.

"I will be keeping the pressure on to make sure that pedestrian facilities - including a crossing - are included in this upgrade."

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