The completion of the €4.7 million Ballymaquirk Junction Upgrade Scheme has been warmly welcomed as a significant milestone in road safety improvement for the North Cork area.
Situated approximately 17km from Mallow, 4km from Kanturk, and 1km from Banteer, the Ballymaquirk Junction will be well known to many as it is a primary route for traffic travelling to the southwest of the country.
The junction, located at the intersection of the N72 National Secondary Road and the R579 Regional Road, had long been recognised with a need for safety upgrades by Cork County Council resulting in Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) identifying the works as a crucial Road Safety Improvement Scheme.
Deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Bernard Moynihan welcomed the completion of the scheme saying,
Due to the site’s location adjoining the River Blackwater Special Area of Conservation (SAC), a Natura Impact Statement (NIS) was undertaken as part of the design process for the project. Cork County Council, in conjunction with TII, engaged Roadplan Consulting Engineers to carry out the design and preparation of tender documents. Following the tender process, Sorensen Civil Engineering Ltd were awarded the €4.7milion contract for the scheme. Construction commenced in April 2023.
Cork County Council’s Divisional Manager for North Cork, Kevin Morey added,