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Very Busy Carr’s Hill Road Needs Attention

Writes Leo McMahon

Carrigaline Municipal District (MD) councillors have demanded action to upgrade the surface of one of Ireland’s busiest roads, Carr’s Hill serving the roads from Cork to Ringaskiddy and Carrigaline.

A motion from Cllr Jack White (FG) requesting the County Council’s roads directorate to engage with Cork City Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to seriously address its sub-standard condition and safety councillors was unanimously adopted at the MD’s recent meeting.

Constantly extremely busy by day and in need of resurfacing the N28 at Carr's Hill. Pic: Leo McMahon

‘Thousands of people living and working in our MD travel this road every day and are being affected by potholes, poor lining and debris,’ said Cllr White. Many people had contacted him and no doubt other councillors reporting punctures, damage to their vehicles and near misses on the very busy section of the N28. Traffic volumes were probably back to pre-Covid level and possibly higher due to the growth of Carrigaline and Crosshaven and increased port and industrial business at Ringaskiddy and its current standard was ‘an absolute disgrace’ with atrocious line marking.

In support, Cllr Seamus McGrath (FF) said that when he got reports a few weeks ago about bad potholes and tyres being damaged, repairs were carried out immediately on the county side but it took another ten days before this was done on the city side.

The national road was clearly sub-standard and while progress was good in advanced works on the Cork-Ringaskiddy M28 motorway with a recent announcement of a further €19million it would be a number of years before it would be completed. ‘We cannot put up with patch-up repairs of the N28 in the meantime but must get proper resurfacing because if any road deserves it in terms of volume, this one does’. He suggested the city council be contacted about it.

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