Route will take traffic away from town centre, improve safety and open up area for new developments
THE long awaited, and many would agree badly needed Kanturk Link Road is nearing completion with a senior Cork County Council official saying the route should be open to traffic by mid-November.
Work commenced on the €1million project, which runs from Bluepool Upper to the Mill Road and incorporates approximately 450-metres of new road, footpaths and cycle lanes, pedestrian crossing and public lighting, in January of this year.
The project has been jointly funded through a €740,000 grant under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund under Project Ireland 2040, which supports large-scale ambitious projects that provide sustainable social and economic benefits for rural areas, with the balance coming from Cork County Council’s own coffers.
The Cork County Council official said the project, which is being undertaken by Glanmire-based contractor McGinty & O’Shea, will provide a safer environment for all road users “especially vulnerable road users”.
He said it was being completed well in advance of the proposed new 24-classroom school on a 2.3-acre site at the Mill Road, which will see the amalgamation of St Colman’s Boys NS and the Convent of Mercy NS into a single complex, which is due to be completed next year.
“In addition to removing traffic from the town centre, a key selling point for the road is that its associated footpaths and cycle lanes will provide safe access to the school for pupils. These can also be used by the general public for exercise and encourage sustainable modes of transport in the form of walking and cycling,” said the official.
He said another key advantage of the new road was that it will open up adjacent lands for future development.
“We have already seen this with one leading supermarket chain having already proposing plans for an outlet on land next to the new road,” said the official.
“This new link road ticks all the boxes in terms of convenience, safety, alleviating traffic congestion in Kanturk town and providing for the future economic development of the Kanturk area,” he added.