December start for construction to commence (Pending Funding) - weird month to pick to start construction, right in the middle of Winter with short days and holidays etc
From Irish Examiner http://www.examiner.ie/ireland/flyov...on-120066.html
MOTORISTS face up to two years of disruption while two flyovers are built on Cork’s busiest road.
A major plan is now being drawn up to keep city traffic moving during the €60 million project designed to eliminate two of the N25 South Ring Road’s most notorious bottlenecks.
Engineers leading the N25 Bandon Road and Sarsfield Road flyover project confirmed last night that work is scheduled to start in December
, pending funding
, and will take at least 24 months to complete.
The work on both roundabouts – located less than a mile apart – will take place at the same time as part of a single contract.
And with up to 60,000 vehicles using the roundabouts each day, engineers are now working on a plan to manage traffic while construction work continue.
They are already in talks with gardaí and the emergency services to ensure that traffic disruption is minimised.
It is likely that the closure of critical east-west lanes will not take place at rush-hour. Night-time and weekend work, which is expensive, will also be required.
Special arrangements will also be made for emergency service vehicles to continue using the Sarsfield Road roundabout to facilitate access to nearby Cork University Hospital.
As well as using press and local radio to keep the public updated, engineers are also considering using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to give live updates. They have also invited the public to email [email protected]
to be included on a mailing list for updates.
The traffic problem at each roundabout has worsened significantly since the €70m Kinsale Road flyover opened in 2006.
The new flyovers are designed to take east and westbound traffic up and over the roundabouts.
A lot of advance engineering work has already been done near the Sarsfield Road roundabout, at the boundary of St Finbarr’s GAA club’s land, and along the westbound lane between both roundabouts, near Bishopstown Court shopping centre. Engineers are now finalising the detailed designs for the two four-lane flyovers.
The Sarsfield Road roundabout will be realigned. Slip roads will be built on the northern and southern sides of the roundabouts to facilitate access to the Bishopstown, Wilton and Togher suburbs.
Pedestrian footbridges at both roundabouts will be removed.
A walkway and cycle lane on the northern side of the N25, between the roundabouts, will be maintained and a new cycle lane will be built on the southern side. Expressions of interest have already been invited from contractors and the short-listing process will be carried out early next month.
The short-listed contractors will then begin work on the preparation of their final tenders and these will then be submitted towards the end of September.
Preliminary works have already begun to locate existing services like electricity, sewage and gas pipes.
Some short-term lane closures will be needed to allow this work to continue but these lane closures will be carried out during off-peak hours or at weekends.
A scale model of the flyover scheme is available for viewing at the National Road Design Office in Glanmire. It is likely that the model will also be put on display over the coming weeks in both the City Hall and County Hall.
The flyovers have been in planning since 2003 and it is hoped that funding will be secured within months.
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