Projects under Construction

Blackstone Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Blackstone Bridge, located approximately 5 kilometres northwest of Cork City, is a single span masonry arch humpback road bridge with 90-degree skew to its approach and exit.

Works Extent

  • Rebuild/repair damaged sections of masonry parapets and approaches.
  • Install new public lighting scheme on approaches.
  • Upgrade/replace existing approach signage and road markings.
  • Resurface bridge carriageway and approaches.

Objectives

The objectives of the works are:

  • Restore the overall structural integrity of the bridge;
  • Improve road user safety through improved visibility (public lighting and approach signage) and resurfacing of bridge carriageway and approaches with upgraded road markings.

Timeline

Start: Construction due to commence April 2021.

Finish: Project completion expected in Q4 2021.

Blackstone Bridge

Curraheen Walk & Cycleway

Works Extent

Cork City Council has recently appointed a contractor to construct the upgrade works on the Curraheen Walk and Cycleway.  This scheme involves upgrading the existing approx. 4.4km Curraheen Walk and Cycleway that runs from Curraheen Road to Model Farm Road and from there to Carrigrohane Road in very close proximity to the Curraheen River.  Works will include the provision of new public lighting, signage and repair to fencing and the existing walkway surface.  The scheme will also provide an upgraded pathway between the IDA Industrial Estate on Model Farm Road and the existing walkway which will enhance connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists to Carrigrohane Road and beyond.

Objectives

  • Provide significantly improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians along the Curraheen Walk and Cycleway from Curraheen Road to Model Farm Road and onwards to Carrigrohane Road and IDA;
  • Provide an avenue for wildlife movement, protection of natural resources and green space buffers for humans;
  • These objectives will include:
    • Upgraded surfaced area over length of walkway and cycleway;
    • Greater amenities and facilities for public.

Timeline

Start: Construction Phase commenced March 2021.

Finish: Due for Completion early autumn 2021.

Daly's (Shakey) Bridge Scheme

Daly's Bridge, known locally as the "Shakey Bridge", is a single-span steel suspension bridge which spans the north channel of the River Lee in Cork City.  It provides pedestrian access between Sunday's Well to the north and Fitzgerald's Park and Ferry Walk in the Mardyke area to the south.  Completed in 1926 and opened in 1927, it was constructed by the London-based David Rowell & Company of Westminister in London to a specification of Stephen W. Farrington, the then Cork City Engineer.  It was then, and still is the only suspension bridge in Cork City.  Daly's Bridge is included on Cork City Council's Record of Protected Structures and is recorded on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage where it has Artistic, Historical, Social and Technical categories of special interest, and a Regional significance rating.

Works Extent

  • Phased dismantling of the latticed deck for removal off-site for grit-blasting, repair and repainting followed by phased re-instatement;
  • Replacement of timber decking;
  • In-situ repair and repainting of existing lattice towers;
  • Replacement of suspension cables;
  • Upgrade of approach ramps including railings, surfacing and landscaping;
  • Removal of repair and cast iron railings (south bank);
  • Installation of new public lighting to approach ramps and bridge structure.

Timeline

Start: Works commenced in August 2019.

Finish: Repair and rehabilitation works were substantially completed by December 2020.  Some remaining minor works are due for completion by Q4 2021.

Dalys (Shakey) Bridge

Douglas Flood Relief Scheme (including Togher Culvert)

The Douglas Flood Relief Scheme (including Togher Culvert) consists of flood relief works in the townlands of Ardarrig, Blackrock, Castletreasure, Douglas and Grange and was granted planning permission by An Bord Pleanála in November 2017.

Douglas Flood Relief Scheme

The proposed works for each scheme area is outlined below:

Douglas

The Douglas works contract includes works in five districts geographical areas as follows: St. Patrick's Mills, Douglas Community Park, Ravensdale, Ballybrack Woods and upstream of Donnybrook Commercial Centre The proposed works include the construction of new flood defence walls (reinforced concrete and precast elements), reconstruction of existing bridges, new reinforced concrete culverts, drainage and utility diversions, road regarding, hard and soft landscaping.  This contract was carried out by McGinty & O'Shea Limited and substantial completion was granted in early March 2021.

Togher

The Togher works have been split into two contracts, the Togher Services Diversions Contract and the Togher Main Works Contract.

The Services Diversion Contract is an enabling works package along Togher Road to facilitate the future culvert under the road.  This includes the diversion of a major 600mm diameter watermain, foul sewers, minor watermains, various telecoms and gas networks, as well as modifying the existing road drainage.  This contract was carried out by Ward & Burke Construction Limited and was completed in August 2020.

The Togher Main Works Contract includes the construction of a new 675m long culvert, a new trash screen, overflow channel, retaining wall at the outlet and road drainage measures.  In addition, this contract also includes some public realm enhancements along, and on approach to Togher Road, for which a separate Part 8 planning approval was granted by Cork City Council in March 2020.

The Togher Main Works Contract is currently being tendered and it is expected that the contract will be awarded in early March 2021 and that the contractor will start on site in early June 2021.  The construction period is expected to be approximately 18 months.

Further details of the scheme can be found on the OPW website using the following link:

https://www.floodinfo.ie/frs/en/douglas/home/

Harbour View Road Junctions Improvement

Works Extent

This scheme consists of the upgrade of the junction of Harbour View Road and Blarney Road and the junction on Harbour View Road and Tadgh Barry Road.

The works include:

  • Redesign of the geometric alignment of the junctions to improve their functionality;
  • Lengthening of the left turning lane from the Blarney Road onto Harbour View Road;
  • Provision of new right turning lane on Tadgh Barry Road;
  • Realignment of the cycle lane across the junction on Harbour View Road/Tadgh Barry Road;
  • Provision of left turn and straight ahead/right turn lanes on Harbour View Road at Blarney Road Junction;
  • The provision of new traffic signals with interconnectivity between both junctions to improve traffic flows;
  • Traffic calming measures at the entrances to Hollymount Estate;
  • Upgrade to pedestrian crossing facilities;
  • Installation of new road markings and signage;
  • All necessary accommodation works.

Objectives

Both junctions of Harbour View Road with Blarney Road and Harbour View Road with Tadgh Barry Road junctions are heavily congested at peak times with inbound delays on the Blarney Road identified as a particular concern.

This scheme aims to enhance these junctions which will contribute to economic activity and job creation in the area.  It will improve safety for all road users and increase the capacity of the junctions.

Harbour View Road Junctions Improvement

Timeline

Start: Construction Phase commenced Dec 2020.

Finish: Due for Completion mid 2021.

Healy's Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Healy’s Bridge, located approximately 10 kilometres west of Cork City, is an existing three span road bridge with a 90-degree skew to its approach from the east.

Works Extent

  • Rebuild damaged sections of masonry parapets and approaches.
  • Concrete repairs to bridge soffit, restore bed lining and repair scour skirts on abutments/piers.
  • Install new public lighting scheme on approaches.
  • Upgrade existing approach signage and road markings and resurface bridge carriageway and approaches.

Objectives

The bridge structure has suffered significant deterioration from scour to bed lining, abutments and piers.

The objectives of the works are:

  • Restore the overall structural integrity of the bridge.
  • Improve road user safety through improved visibility (public lighting and approach signage) and resurfacing of bridge carriageway and approaches with upgraded road markings.

Timeline

Start: Construction due to commence Q2/Q3 2021.

Finish: Project completion expected in Q4 2021.

Healys Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Horgan's Quay Cycle Lane

Works Extent

Cork City Council is carrying out various measures to provide a safe high-quality route with an increased level of services for Pedestrians and Cyclists at Horgan's Quay and Water Street.

Horgans Quay Cycle Lane

The main features of the proposed scheme are:

  • The provision of a cycle lane on Water Street and Horgan's Quay to complement the existing lanes on Lower Glanmire Road and Penrose Quay;
  • The upgrading of footpaths where required;
  • Improvements to junctions to enhance safety for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • Improvements to public lighting;
  • The provision of street furniture, lining and signage as required.

Objectives

The aim is to provide a safe high-quality route with an increased level of service for Pedestrians and Cyclists at Horgan's Quay and Water Street.

Timeline

Timeline for completion February 2021.

Interim Cycle Infrastructure

South Mall

Works Extent

Southern side of South Mall.

Objectives

  • Provide a safer and enhanced travel means for cyclists along South Mall;
  • Installation of bi-directional cycle lanes on South Mall including all necessary traffic signals and pedestrian crossing;
  • Amendments to parking, road lining and traffic signals as required.

Timeline

Start: Construction Phase commenced late 2020.

Finish: Due for completion May 2021.

South Quays - Terence McSwiney, Albert Quay & Victoria Road

Works Extent

From Parnell Bridge, along quays to Victoria Road junction with Centre Park Road.

Objectives

  • Provide a safer and enhanced travel means for cyclists along southern quays;
  • Installation of inbound and outbound cycle lanes on the above roads;
  • Amendments to parking, road lining and traffic signals as required.

Timeline

Start: Contractor appointed early (January) 2021.

Finish: Due for completion mid 2021.

College Road

Works Extent

From Donovan Road to Magazine Road.

Objectives

  • Provision of a shared surface to create a safer and enhanced travel experience for cyclists and other road users;
  • Resurfacing of existing road surface and amendments to road markings as required.

Timeline

Start: Construction Phase commenced late (December) 2020.

Finish: Due for completion March 2021.

Melbourne Road/Rossa Avenue

Works Extent

From junction with Curraheen Road to Junction with Model Farm Road.

Objectives

  • Provide a safer and enhanced travel means for cyclists along Melbourne Road/Rossa Avenue;
  • Installation of inbound and outbound cycle lanes on the above roads;
  • Amendments to parking, road lining and traffic signals as required.

Timeline

Start: Construction Phase commence early (January) 2021.

Finish: Due for completion April 2021.

Magazine Road to Glasheen Road Link

Works Extent

Schoolboys Lane from Magazine Road to Glasheen Road.

Objectives

  • Upgrade and improve existing pathway through parkland to enhance user safety and experience;
  • Install new surfacing to existing path;
  • Install new public lighting and CCTV.

Timeline

Start: Appoint contractor March 2021.

Finish: Complete Construction by July 2021.

Centre Park Road

Works Extent

Full length of Centre Park Road.

Objectives

  • Provide a safer and enhanced travel means for cyclists along Centre Park Road;
  • Installation of outbound cycle lane on the above road;
  • Amendments to parking, road lining as required.

Timeline

Works completed 2020.

Donovan's Road

Works Extent

Full length of Donovan Road.

Objectives

  • Provide a safer and enhanced travel means for cyclists along Donovan Road;
  • Installation of outbound cycle lane on the above road;
  • Amendments to parking, road lining, as required.

Timeline

Works completed 2020.

Interim Cycle Infrastructure - Donovan Road

Deanrock Junction

Works Extent

Junction of Vicars Road, Togher Road and Clashduv Road.

Objectives

  • Improve safety of junction for pedestrian and vehicular traffic;
  • Replace existing traffic island and pedestrian crossings;
  • Resurface road and replace road markings;
  • Replace footpath surface;
  • Replace traffic signals.

Timeline

Works Completed 2020.

Interim Cycle Infrastructure - Deanrock Junction

Pedestrian Safety Intervention Scheme

Works Extent

The provision of low cost Pedestrian Safety Intervention Schemes at various locations around the city as follows:

Vicar's Road: Pedestrian crossing to facilitate access to COPE Foundation;

Ringmahon Road: Pedestrian crossing to facilitate access to Scoil ne Críosa Naofa Primary School;

Dublin Hill: Raised tables and tabletops to prioritise pedestrians at junctions;

Rathmore Road: Upgraded footpaths throughout and tabletop at entrance to Thomas Kent Park;

St. Patrick's Road: Shorten pedestrian crossing distances at junction of St. Patrick's Road, Congress Road and Murphy's Garden.  Install new pedestrian crossing on St. Patrick's Road.

Popham's Road: Upgrade the footpath outside the shops to make it more accessible to vulnerable road users;

Alderbrook: Provide pedestrian link from the estate to the junction of the Airport Road and Frankfield Road.

Objectives

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • Enhance pedestrian connectivity between settlements, employment hubs, educational facilities and public transport services;
  • Improve safety for vulnerable road users;
  • New and upgraded footpaths;
  • New controlled and uncontrolled pedestrian crossings;
  • New road markings and signage.

Timeline

Start: The Pedestrian Safety Interventions Scheme 2020 is currently at Construction Stage.  Works are ongoing at Vicar's Road, Ringmahon Road, Dublin Hill and Rathmore Road.

The Pedestrian Safety Interventions Scheme 2021 is currently at Planning and Design Stage.  Areas under consideration include St. Patrick's Road, Alderbrook and Popham's Road. 

Finish: The Pedestrian Safety Interventions Scheme 2020 is due to be completed in Q3 2021.

The Planning and Design Stage for the Pedestrian Safety Intervention Scheme 2021 is due to be completed in Q2 2021, with a view to commence construction later in 2021.

Skehard Road Phase 3

Works Extent

Improving and upgrading of existing Skehard Road from Church Road to Mahon Link Road, including junction upgrade at Bessborough.

Objectives

  • Enhanced facilities for all road users but with particular benefits for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users while providing, in as much as possible, for the efficient movement of vehicular traffic within the study area;
  • Identifying main areas of delay for bus journeys and expanding the existing bus lane infrastructure and the addition of bus priority control measures to improve current bus journey times and reliability;
  • Providing cycle facilities in accordance with the network identified in CMATS, designed in accordance with the National Cycle Manual, delivering a Quality of Service of Level A or better for a primary cycle route and a Quality of Service of Level B or better for a secondary cycle route;
  • Providing improved pedestrian facilities along the corridor and providing additional permeability where appropriate to address pedestrian and vulnerable road user desire lines across the project area.

Timeline

Start: Construction phase commenced December 2020.

Finish: Due for completion end 2021.