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Kinsale Road Interchange Scheme opens to traffic

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Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern and Mayor of Cork County, Cllr. John O'Shea, being driven on the Kinsale Road Interchange flyover

A significant milestone on the Kinsale Road Interchange Scheme was reached on Friday 4th August when traffic was directed over the new flyover structure. The flyover has three lanes for eastbound traffic with two lanes and a hard shoulder for westbound traffic. Traffic is directed over the flyover in advance of overall completion as part of the traffic management measures required to minimise disruption during the completion phase. Works required during the completion phase include resurfacing and re-lining of the roundabout circulating carriageway itself.

Following the opening of the flyover, works at the lower level will follow on immediately and it is now hoped that overall completion will be reached early in October 2006, a full six months ahead of schedule.

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Dan Buggy, Deputy City Manager, Kieran Lehane, Project Resident Engineer, Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern, Sgt. John O'Sullivan, Garda Traffic Corps, Mayor of Cork County, Cllr. John O'Shea and Deputy County Manager, John Deasy at the opening of the Kinsale Road Interchange flyover.

A formal opening ceremony will take place when the scheme has been completed in October. However, The Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Michael Ahern and Councillor John O’Shea, Mayor of the County of Cork travelled together in the first vehicle over the new roadway to mark the occasion of the opening of the flyover on the 4th of August.

Preliminary design and statutory procedures for the scheme were carried out in the National Roads Regional Design Office in Richmond, Glanmire. Detailed specimen design and contract documents were then prepared on behalf of Cork City Council by Arup Consulting Engineers. Construction works on the scheme are being carried out by Ascon Construction Ltd, assisted by their Designers, Mott MacDonald EPO Ltd.

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Deputy City Manager, Dan Buggy, Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern, Mayor Of Cork County, Cllr. John O'Shea and Deputy County Manager, John Deasy, lead a team of staff from Cork City Council, Cork County Council and conractors on the newly opened Kinsale Road Interchange flyover.

Ascon Construction Ltd is one of the largest engineering contractors in Ireland. They are currently involved in a number of road schemes throughout the country including the N6 Kilbeggan to Kinnegad Scheme, the Southern Cross Motorway and Waterford City Bypass.

Mr. Adrian Cunningham is Ascon's Project Manager on the Kinsale Road Scheme. "The works are currently progressing very well and the opening of the flyover will allow us to focus on the lower level works with minimum disruption to traffic. The favourable weather conditions of recent months have allowed us to achieve a further improvement on the likely completion date. The works will now be completed early in October 2006. Ascon would like to express their gratitude to the motoring public for their co-operation during the works completed to date. We look forward to their continued co-operation over the coming months while the final works are being carried out".

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Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern and Deputy City Manager, Dan Buggy, being driven on the Kinsale Road Interchange flyover by Jordan Bracken in the Lord Mayor's car.

Mr. Dan Buggy, Assistant City Manager, Roads and Transportation, Cork City Council stated "We are delighted with progress to date on the Kinsale Road Scheme. Opening of the flyover to traffic represents a significant improvement in the roads infrastructure serving the greater Cork area. We look forward to overall completion of the scheme in a few months time and hope that further improvements on the South Ring Road at Bandon and Sarsfield Road Roundabouts will be progressed without delay".

Cork County Council have also been preparing for the opening of the Kinsale Road flyover. Lane configurations at both the Sarsfield Road Roundabout and Bandon Road Roundabout have been altered over recent weeks and the traffic lights at both roundabouts are currently being upgraded to further increase capacity.

County Engineer, Mr. Edmond Flynn, oversees all infrastructural developments in the county area. "We welcome completion of the Kinsale Road flyover and we are currently progressing a scheme to build similar interchanges at Bandon and Sarsfield Road Roundabouts. An Accommodation Works Contract is already underway at Dunnes Stores and St. Finbarr’s Hurling Club and we will be seeking tenders for a Site Investigation Contract before the end of this month. Subject to funding, the Council's aim is to have the interchanges at Bandon and Sarsfield Road Roundabouts completed by 2009".

The Project is funded by the National Roads Authority under the National Development Plan (2000-2006) and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

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