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Dunkettle upgrade motors on

Wednesday, 14th October, 2020 2:35pm

The Cabinet’s decision to appoint a contractor to Dunkettle Interchange upgrade has been welcomed in the political and business spheres.

The Dunkettle Interchange carries 100,000 vehicles per day, connecting the major arteries of the M8 to the north, N25 to the east through to the ring road and city centre.

It is understood that three companies submitted tenders. One subsequently withdrew its tender which left BAM and Sisk competing for it with Sisk being awarded the contract. It’s believed that €40 million has been saved on its construction after the project went back out to tender after more than a year of delays.

Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber said: “This final investment decision is of national significance and is also a catalyst that will help set the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy in motion in earnest. While last year’s delay was disappointing, the counter-cyclical support for the construction industry through this project is very welcome. What is now needed is a clear start date so that the project team can press ahead.”

Fine Gael TD Colm Burke said: “This is fantastic news for Cork and the local area and I am delighted that we are now in a position to move forward with this crucial project. This is a major road infrastructure project and one which will make a huge difference to commuters and businesses in Cork.

“The development relates to reconfiguration of the existing Dunkettle Interchange to remove a number of traffic lights and create several slip roads to increase the flow of traffic.

“This development is crucial for the development of Cork city and county. Therefore, the awarding of this contract is a sign of progress and will assist with the creation of jobs,” concluded Deputy Burke.

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