October 09 2018
The work to upgrade Cork’s Dunkettle Interchange / Jack Lynch Tunnel begins in the first quarter 2019. The project has been designed to ease congestion long term on all approaches to Dunkettle interchange, enabling traffic to move freely north-south between the M8 and the N40, as well as east-west between the N25 and N8. The infrastructure project, which is expected to cost in the region of €100m has been awarded to SISK. Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Sean O’Neill of Transport Infrastructure Ireland said the upgrade plans represent one of the most complex projects they have ever undertaken and compared Dunkettle to the upgrade of Dublin’s Red Cow Interchange, completed in 2008.
Mobile VMS are currently trialing a Journey time information project on all the arterial routes converging on the Interchange. If successful, the plan is to implement a mobile journey time system for the duration of the project. The scheme is expected to cause wide-spread disruption but the provision of accurate real-time journey information via traffic sensors and variable message sign displays will allow motorists to make a more informed travel decision, reducing congestion, easing traffic flow and ensuring safer travel through the works.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) will also be offering a free app to provide motorists directly with real-time traffic information during the €100m upgrade of Dunkettle interchange in Cork. The ‘Dunkettle’ Travel App has been described as a key tool in the management of traffic and reducing the associated impact of the works. It is expected that the app will take reliable real-time information and convey the traffic situation directly to the travelling public. The information will also be provided to local and national media outlets. The app is planned for release early 2019 with the planned commencement of the works.
Dunkettle Interchange Travel Time app, set for release early 2019
Arial view of Dunkettle Interchange, Cork