Weather hits funding for ‘hazardous’ roundabout

Weather hits funding for ‘hazardous’ roundabout
The Poulavone Rounabout in Ballincollig.

A BUSY roundabout in Ballincollig will not be resurfaced and will remain with unmarked due to weather events in Donegal, despite being described as “hazardous” by a local councillor.

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 Transport Infrastructure Ireland annually as far back as 2014 for essential works on the roundabout.

The authority submitted a new application in May but has been informed this is likely to be unsuccessful due to extreme weather events in Donegal in August that caused widespread flooding and infrastructural damage.

However, local Cllr Daithi O' Donnabháín (FF) said the road surface and lack of markings means the roundabout is dangerous.

“I've raised this issue going back 12 to 18 months. The condition of it is hazardous for cyclists, cars, trucks and vans.

“With the volume of traffic that is going through it, it does need to be done. I think we should write back to TII and ask for this to be done on account of concerns.

“In the estate that borders the roundabout, the residents have come forward and have contacted County Hall directly highlighting their concerns and trying to get on and off it. Unlike many roundabouts where you would have two lanes coming off in a couple of directions, the [Poulavone] roundabout is not adequately marked,” Mr O' Donnabháín added.

His fellow Cllr Derry Canty (FG) said it's an issue that has been raised for several years by locals and the roundabout was “badly in need of funding”.

Kevin O'Regan, municipal district officer at Cork County Council said it was unlikely funding would allocate to the Poulavone Roundabout this year.

“Cork County Council has applied annually since 2014 to have the roundabout resurfaced. The Council has applied for funding again in May 2017 and is waiting for a decision on that request from TII,” he said.

“The current position is that no funding has been made available and following the recent events in Donegal it is unlikely that there will be any extra funding available this year,” he added.

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