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Dunkettle plans progressing

Wednesday, 9th September, 2020 3:19pm

A Cork minister has said he is pleased with how upgrade plans for the Dunkettle Interchange are progressing as the contractors are close to being picked.

The proposed project involves building a new dumbbell interchange to the east of the existing tunnel to provide an integrated interchange linking the Jack Lynch tunnel, the N25 and the M8 through mostly free-flow movements. This is where traffic movements are not conflicted by opposing traffic, via yielding or traffic lights, as they are currently.

A new dumbbell interchange will be provided to the east of the main interchange for Little Island. Improvements will also be made to the Silversprings junction on the N8 into the city

Up to 110,000 vehicles use this interchange every day making it one of the busiest in the country.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath, recently visited the site of what he described as “the eagerly anticipated Dunkettle interchange upgrade scheme”.

He said that the volume of traffic using the interchange means that it operates beyond capacity during peak times and this can result in significant delays on the approach roads and the Jack Lynch tunnel.

Minister McGrath added: “On completion, the Dunkettle Interchange Scheme will have a hugely positive impact on traffic flow at this critical artery. The capacity of the junction will be greatly improved, reducing congestion and cutting journey times to and from the city. This will be a great boost to the economy of the region.

“I am informed that the procurement procedure for the awarding of the main construction contract is at a very advanced stage and it is anticipated the contract will be awarded shortly with work to commence very soon after. Advance works have been ongoing on site for some time including the development of a new east-west cycleway. The main construction phase of the contract will take approx. 3.5 years. Having spoken to the engineers and examined the plans today, I am pleased to see this project progressing and I know it is keenly awaited as a very positive development for Cork,” concluded the Fianna Fáil TD.

The Dunkettle Interchange connects the M8, N8, N20, N25 and N40.

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