Images courtesy of TII
AA Roadwatch listeners will be used to hearing about delays at Cork’s busy Dunkettle Interchange, an infamous bottleneck which is controlled by traffic lights and over capacity, carrying between 80,000 and 100,000 vehicles per day. These images show how it will look after its long-awaited upgrade, with construction expected to start in 2019.
The Interchange connects the M8 Dublin Rd and N25 Waterford Rd with two major routes within Cork – the N8 Lower Glanmire Rd which serves the city centre and the N40 South Ring Rd. Under the plans the interchange will be redesigned, with the central roundabout and traffic lights removed.
Traffic will therefore be able to move freely north-south between the M8 and the N40, as well as east-west between the N25 and N8 as they do now, easing congestion on all approaches. The project, which is expected to cost in the region of €100m, has gone out to tender with some preparatory work due to begin next year, followed by heavy construction in 2019.
Sean O’Neill of Transport Infrastructure Ireland says that the plans represent one of the most complex projects they have ever undertaken and compares it to the upgrade of Dublin’s Red Cow Interchange, which was completed in 2008:
“If you remember what the Red Cow used to be like, with traffic lights, Dunkettle is like that – a person crossing the street at the old Red Cow could stop 80,000 vehicles. Now, Red Cow is free-flow and Dunkettle will be too.
“The major impact will be in 2019,” Sean adds. “We’ll be working day and night when this hits the ground, because it’s a huge job and there’s a lot of complexity to it. It’s important for people to understand that now.”
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