Writes Ciaran Dineen
It was recently announced that Cork County Council has finally gone to tender for the much-anticipated Carrigaline Inner Western Relief Road. It is hoped that the contractor will be appointed in the coming months and work is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2020.
Although the idea of constructing such a relief road originated some time ago, the recession from 2008 onwards put a halt to any serious development due to economic and fiscal constraints on transport and infrastructure. However, in 2016 the proposal was re-visited and plans for the relief road were officially signed off by the then County Mayor and current Carrigaline LEA councillor, Seamus McGrath (FF).
Upon hearing the welcome news Cllr McGrath said, “Finally! I’m pleased to report that the Council has gone to tender for the appointment of a contractor to construct the Relief Road. The tender process will initially have a contractor pre-qualification stage and then proceed to full tender. The overall process should take 4-5 months. A contractor should be appointed early in the New Year with work on the construction of the road starting soon after.”
The creation of a relief road is hopefully the first step in a series of measures that need to be taken in order to reduce congestion delays throughout Carrigaline. The town has become notorious for its traffic build-up in recent years, with many residents classing the village as a “no-go area” during certain times of the day.
Another advocate for the plans include Simon Coveney TD. The Tánaiste stated that “this is a critical piece of infrastructure for Carrigaline and is urgently needed given the serious traffic problems in the town. This is part of a €750,000 project that I worked hard to secure for Carrigaline.”
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