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Carrigaline and Crosshaven Roads to Benefit

Writes Leo McMahon

Members of Cork County Council’s Carrigaline Municipal District (MD) at their recent meeting, agreed to re-allocate expenditure under its 2019 roads resurfacing programme to Old Waterpark and a section of Cork Road, Carrigaline and Harbour View, Crosshaven.

This was decided in response to a report from senior executive engineer Madeleine Healy who explained that it would not be possible to resurface Ferney Road and Church Hill, Carrigaline this year as planned.

Ferney Road was on the 2019 programme but resurfacing was contingent on the bigger scheme involving accommodation works, laying of a new sewer by Irish Water and a footpath.

While she didn’t have the up to date situation on the Ferney Road contract, she was confident works would start before the end of the year but predicted it wouldn’t be resurfaced until April 2020 at the earliest.

A similar situation applied to Church Hill, Carrigaline which was also on the 2019 programme of works. However, until such time as water main leak problems there were resolved by Irish Water – as done at Lower Kilmoney Road, Carrigaline – there was no point in resurfacing the road until 2020 subject of course, to tackling of water main leaks being on Irish Water’s programme for that year.

(Picture: Adrian O’Herlihy) June 21st 2019

As a result, Ms Healy suggested re-allocation of the fund for resurfacing to the following later this year: 1) Cork Road, Carrigaline from Heron roundabout near the church to the filling stations; 2) Old Waterpark, Carrigaline and 3) Harbour View estate, Crosshaven.

Cllr Aidan Lombard (FG) agreed, saying it made sense but along with Cllr Liam O’Connor (FG) warned that some patching would have to be done on Church Hill before the winter with dips on the left hand side going up. Cathaoirleach Seamus McGrath (FF) concurred.

Cllr Ben Dalton-O’Sullivan (Ind) said he would like to see the L64851 and L6486 at Meadstown, Ballea, Carrigaline repaired because he wouldn’t even call these roads at this stage. In reply, Ms Healy said these could be considered for surface dressing in 2020.

Cllr Audrey Buckley (FF) referred to the poor state of the road at Graball and Church Bay Roads, Crosshaven.

Cllr O’Connor welcomed the news that Old Waterpark would be resurfaced and if the council owned it, that pot holes be filled in the area just off it between the two hairdressers.

Cathaoirleach Seamus McGrath (FF) welcomed resurfacing of the car park of Carrigaline Community Centre. He asked for resurfacing of the lane leading to Passage GAA Club and was told it would be done this year.

As for Ferney Road, about which he previously had a motion, Cllr McGrath noted that the proposed upgrade recently went to tender and urged this be done as soon as possible.

Later in the meeting, the MD supported a motion from Cllr O’Connor that the council install a safe temporary pedestrian passageway along Ferney Road in advance of the permanent upgrade because there was concern from schools and parents.

‘A track from constant usage, currently exists but temporary measures are needed to ensure pedestrian safety, especially for a large number of students attending two nearby schools. A safe passage with fixed cones or bollards could be a solution and would also be a temporary traffic calming measure’, he added. Cllr McGrath spoke in support. The engineer undertook to investigate.

Ms. Healy reported completion under the 2019 programme of resurfacing works on the R601, Raffeen to Monkstown; the R612 in Crosshaven Village and from Aghamarta towards Fountainstown; on the R611 at Lower Kilmoney Road, Carrigaline and at Ardcarraig and Castle Court estates, Carrigaline. A section of the R612 by Fountainstown beach would be resurfaced.

Pic: Council Chambers, Cork County Hall.

Summing up, the engineer said a new three year programme commencing in 2020 would be outlined to members but warned that due to issues, there could be changes along the way.

Re-allocation of the funding for road resurfacing to the three roads mentioned by the engineer was unanimously agreed by the MD. Cllr Marcia D’Alton (Ind) asked that members be furnished with the safety audit for the upgraded Shannon Park roundabout at the next meeting.

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