By Sean O’Riordan
Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is to roll out its first free app to provide motorists with real-time traffic information for the €100m upgrade of the Jack Lynch Tunnel/Dunkettle interchange in Cork.
The busiest junction outside of Dublin, it is used by 115,000 vehicles per day.
In approximately a year, major construction work will begin on upgrading the interchange and it is likely to cause severe disruption at times.
TII spokesman Sean O’Neill said a key tool in the management the traffic impacts will be reliable real-time information available directly to the travelling public via local and national media outlets as well as a dedicated ‘Dunkettle Travel App’.
He said if there is a breakdown or an accident in or around the Dunkettle interchange it has the potential to become a local, regional and national concern very quickly.
TII has said engineers will do everything in their power to ensure diversions are kept to a minimum, but warned that will be difficult because the junction is the intersection that links a number of key national routes — the Cork-Dublin M8, Cork to Waterford N25 and Southern Ring Road N40 through the Jack Lynch Tunnel.
The plan is to remove the signalised roundabout on the northern side of the tunnel to allow free traffic flow through it. A dedicated slip road will be built on the city side of the tunnel, so traffic can directly access the northbound lanes of the M8.