Fine Gael TD Colm Burke has welcomed the announcement today that the Cabinet has awarded the contract for construction on the Dunkettle Interchange Upgrade.
Deputy Burke, who is based in Cork North Central, said, “This is a major road infrastructure project and one which will make a huge difference to commuters and businesses in Cork.
“The development relates to reconfiguration of the existing Dunkettle Interchange to remove a number of traffic lights and create several slip roads to increase the flow of traffic.
Deputy Burke continued, “This development is crucial for the development of Cork City and County. Therefore, the awarding of this contract is a sign of progress and will assist with the creation of jobs.
“The progress of this project is testament to the commitment of the Government to the development of the infrastructure of Cork.’
“The opening of the cycleway and pedestrian crossing at the Dunkettle interchange was completed as part of the advance works for the main contract.
‘’This is fantastic news for Cork and the local area and I am delighted that we are now in a position to move forward with this crucial project.
“I will continue to advocate for infrastructural projects for the benefit of our county and its people.
“I would also like to thank my colleague Minister of State with responsibility for international and road travel and logistics, Hildegarde Naughton, TD, for her work on this project,” Deputy Burke concluded.
Following today’s Cabinet approval Minister Naughton said, “This project is vital toward delivering an integrated transport strategy for the City of Cork and the region.
“We recently announced the opening of the new pedestrian and cycleway crossing, which was constructed as part of this project, connecting the Dunkettle interchange to the train station at Little Island. Integrating and delivering public transport elements, as part of road improvement projects, is a key component toward offering the public an alternative to the car.”