Proposal for an Owenabue Estuary Bridge to categorically end Carrigaline & Crosshaven traffic congestion, enhance public safety & allow sustainable growth
This idea would link the R612 (Carrigaline - Crosshaven – Fountainstown Roads) with the R613 (Carrigaline – Ringaskiddy Road). This gives direct access to the M28 via a slip road at Warrens Cross, Barnahealy for traffic from Kinsale, South Carrigaline and Crosshaven catchment areas. With significant population growth in Carrigaline and the construction of many new houses and schools which were all unforeseen when the Carrigaline Western Relief Road was proposed, this bridge project will alleviate and bypass associated growing congestion and provide quicker access for communities South of the Owenabue River to the M28, away from the proposed Shannon Park slip road.
This will be vital for the continued growth of Carrigaline as the largest town in the County after the extension of Cork City. Regionally, the Bridge project helps to satisfy the aims of the Cork Harbour makeover project, linking more elements of the harbour and providing easier access to the Port and associated industries in the Strategic Employment Area on the Ringaskiddy peninsula.
Cork County Council’s Business Park at Kilnagleary, Carrigaline will become part of the Port Strategic Area; - enjoying easier heavy goods vehicle, customer and employee access in both directions and, thereby, supporting employment and commercial growth with a significantly reduced carbon footprint. Direct access from the M28, the Ferry Port and the Cross River Ferry at Passage West will support easier transit for camper vans, caravans, horse boxes, towed boats and sports teams to Kinsale, Crosshaven, South Carrigaline, and to the growing Maryville Equestrian Centre in Knockalurgan, Carrigaline. By means of both cycle and pedestrian lanes, the popular Carrigaline - Crosshaven Greenway (Railway Walk) will be extended by the bridge towards the Ringaskiddy Martello Tower and potentially, in time, all the way to Currabinny Woods. Cyclists will also have access via the bridge to planned cyclist facilities along the 13km of the new M28 motorway.
Nationally, the bridge itself, with its unique design, will become a recognisable landmark. Using advanced techniques to ensure minimal environmental impact during and after construction, this project will also deliver a new public parkland recreation & amenity island which is sympathetic to, and a focal point for, the Owenabue Estuary special protection bird trail area. This is likely to become a reference point as part of the Ireland’s Ancient East tourist area. It will enhance the tourism value to Carrigaline & Crosshaven; - especially as part of the, Cobh - Spike Island – Fort Camden Maritime & Military History triangle.
Key Features of the project include:
Update Nov 2020
With the 80 new offshore wind related jobs planned for Crosshaven, it will be even more vital that this bridge project be realised to allow easy access for works, goods & services to & from the village.