Cork County Council has confirmed that works scheduled to take place in the area soon to transfer to Cork City Council (i.e. the transition area, which includes Ballincollig, Blarney/Tower, Douglas, Rochestown, Glanmire) are continuing as normal following concerns raised by Councillors at today’s Council meeting.
A number of projects have been scheduled to take place across the transition area in advance of the transfer to Cork City Council, which will take place on May 31st 2019.
Works scheduled for the Inniscarra Bridge have been split into two distinct schemes in order to maintain day time traffic flow. Tenders for Phase 1 works (night time micro-trenching in order to avoid daytime traffic disruption) are due to be returned by tenderers this week with a view to construction commencing next month, while Phase 2 – which includes traffic light installation, resurfacing and lining- will go to tender in April.
Further works including the €350,000 Donnybrook Hill Pedestrian Enhancement Scheme Phase 2 will commence in early April with a view to be being complete by end of June, while the Ballybrack Pedestrian and Cycle Route Phase 4 Part 8 public consultation process has recently been launched.
Major Road Schemes including Lehanaghmore, Cork Science & Innovation Park, Clarkes Hill, Maryborough Hill and Douglas Land Use and Transportation Study continue to be proactively advanced. In the case of the latter, walkway designs – together with an overbridge, connecting the Grange Road to Tramore Valley Park – are currently ongoing and will continue under Cork City Council post boundary implementation.
Safety improvements at Kilcully and Cloghroe, together with public realm improvements between South Douglas Road and Tramore Valley Park footways, are also progressing.
The extension to walkways within Ballincollig Regional Park are proceeding as planned.
Cork County Council will continue to maintain Public Lighting within the transition area up to the end of 2019 as agreed with Cork City Council, while various infill schemes within the transition area will be completed prior to the transfer day.
When preparing its Roads Programme for 2019, Cork County Council was specifically asked to exclude the Transition Area from its programme of resurfacing works and when funding was allocated the DTTaS confirmed that the funding to Cork County Council excluded the transition area. The Transition Area was included in the City Council area for 2019 funding from DTTaS with works to take place post 31st May 2019.
Cork County Council is committed to ensuring that the highest standard of service delivery prevails within the transition area while under its stewardship.