R623 Slip Road Closure

Thursday, November 24, 2022

The Tunnel Management Building slip road, to the R623 (shown coloured red in the layout plan below), off the N40 southbound at the Dunkettle Interchange will close permanently at 10:00am on Thursday 24th November 2022.

Click on the image below to find the alternative routes to the R623 and Little Island from the N40 Northbound, the M8 Southbound and the N8 Eastbound.

For N25 Westbound traffic, the route into Little Island will continue to be via Junction 2, the Little Island Interchange.


Dunkettle Interchange Road Link Openings - 20th of November 2022

Sunday, November 20, 2022

On Sunday 20th November as part of the Dunkettle Interchange Upgrade;

  • A new one-way route for traffic heading north through the Jack Lynch Tunnel and wishing to access either Little Island or the N25 Eastbound will open. This represents a significant change in alignment and motorists are advised to utilise the left-hand lane of the Jack Lynch Tunnel in order to access the new route (Link A highlighted below).

  • Opening of Link A will trigger the immediate closure of the N25 Eastbound merge from the Interchange Roundabout (highlighted in orange below).

  • A new one-way route will provide a free-flow Link for southbound traffic on the M8 wishing to head east on the N25 or wishing to access Little Island (Link E highlighted below).

  • Traffic utilising Link E will merge with Link A traffic and will then have the option of merging onto the N25 Eastbound or proceeding via a new one-way route to the Northern Roundabout of the new Eastern Interchange, in order to access Little Island – Link G (highlighted below) will facilitate Link A-E traffic wishing to access Little Island.


New Cycleway/Walkway connecting Dunkettle to Little Island Opening - 24th October 2022

Monday, October 24, 2022

The new north-south route over the N25 incorporates dedicated facilities for both Active and Public Transport consisting of a northbound bus lane south of the N25, and a segregated two-way cycle/pedestrian path, incorporating a new bridge over the railway.

This new section will result in 2.5 kilometres of continuous Active Travel Route delivered as part of the Interchange Upgrade, (highlighted in yellow on the image below).


Ibis Slip Road Permanent Closure - 24th of October 2022

Monday, October 24, 2022

Following on immediately from the opening of the new route over the N25 on the 24th of October, the “Ibis slip road” onto the M8 from the Dunkettle local road network will close.

This will facilitate the completion of the outstanding works on Link E (the new free flow slip road from the M8 to the N25 eastbound). The M8 southbound will then be restored to 2 lanes during November 2022 - exact date will be confirmed in advance

Traffic which previously used the Ibis Slip-road will be diverted over the N25 via the new bridge and along the R623 Regional Road as far as the Dunkettle Interchange Roundabout – see diversion route hereunder. This is an interim arrangement and will be replaced by further road link openings over the coming period.


Dunkettle Interchange Road Link Openings - 24th of October 2022

Monday, October 24, 2022

On Monday 24th October, as part of the Dunkettle Interchange Upgrade;

• A new one-way road link will open providing a direct route for outbound traffic heading east on the N8 from Cork City to connect to the L3004 ‘Glanmire to Glounthaune’ Local Road (Link T highlighted below).

• A new two-way road will open at the same time, immediately to the east of the existing Dunkettle Interchange, crossing over the N25 via a new bridge and linking the L3004 ‘Glanmire to Glounthaune’ Local Road to the R623 Regional Road on Little Island. This route also incorporates a two-way segregated cycle and pedestrian path (Link H+Q highlighted below).

• Taken together, the new road links will provide better local connections, reduce traffic volumes on the existing Dunkettle and Little Island Interchanges, and improve access to the west side of Little Island.

Click on the image below to access further explanatory images of the new routes.


M8 Traffic Switch

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Traffic was directed over the new Structure ST08 at midday today as planned. The new layout is working well so far but motorists are again reminded to allow extra time for their journey if using the M8 southbound during the AM peak from tomorrow Monday 31st January 2022. The AM peak for Monday 31st January 2022 will be monitored closely with a view to ensuring that any additional delays are minimised. We intend to issue a further brief update at midday tomorrow Monday 31st January.  

   

 


M8 Traffic Switch

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Further to the annoucement below on January 25th 2022, the Ibis slip-road from the Glounthaune-Glanmire Road onto the M8 Southbound has closed as scheduled this morning, and will reopen on February 6th, as part of works to open a new bridge on the Interchange Upgrade over the upcoming weekend. The M8 Southbound lane closure is also now in place from approximately 1.5 kilometres prior to the Interchange. Please take care on approach and expect queues at peak times.

   


M8 Traffic Switch

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Bury's Bridge Road Closure

Monday, March 29, 2021

With the progression of the Dunkettle Interchange Upgrade Scheme works, the immediate off-slip for Bury’s bridge heading Eastbound on the N25 will be closed for one year. This road closure is to facilitate the works that are incorporated in constructing a new 81m triple span underbridge that will cross the N25. This closure will be in place from the 29th March 2021 until the early months of 2022. Diversions will be in place where traffic will be redirected along the N25 heading Eastbound and diverge at the Little Island off ramp. The L2998 will remain fully open during this period following the Phase 1 upgrade works.


Information Event at Laya Healthcare, Little Island

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

 

The Dunkettle project team visited Laya Healthcare in Little Island on Wednesday, April 17th for an Information Event regarding the Dunkettle Inerchange project works.

Hosting 75 Laya Healthcare employees, the team provided those who attended with a high level presentation and a live survey, as well as having a question and answer session and the model of the upgrade on display.

The team presented Laya with an update on the project, photographs and maps of the proposed layout of the Interchange and the planned cycle routes through the Interchange.

The aim was to inform those who attended, to open communication lines and to discuss the traffic reduction measures that can be put in place during the course of the Dunkettle Interchange Upgrade works. The team explored the options of carpooling, flexi-time and working from home with Laya. Employees at Laya gave the team really positive feedback.  

The team are available to host Information Events about the Dunkettle Interchange Upgrade Scheme to businesses, residents and commuters around the works areas.

If interested, email us at [email protected] to get in contact with the team.


Dunkettle Live!

Friday, March 22, 2019

To compliment the www.dunkettletraffic.ie website the Dunkettle Live app will soon be released on Android and iOS.


Dunkettle Bake Day in aid of Marymount Hospice

Thursday, March 14, 2019

On Thursday the 14th of March, the team from the Dunkettle Site Office ran a Bake Day in aid of Marymount Hospice.

We are delighted to have raised €705.56 for Maymount on the day.

Congratulations to Steven McGivern who won the hamper, generously donated by Spar in Little Island.

A huge Thank You to everyone involved and for all of the generous donations.



STEPS Programme - Engineers Week 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

Four of our Engineers from the Dunkettle Interchange Upgrade team, Jim McCarthy, Denise McCarthy, Michael Owens and Cathal O’ Connor, were delighted to support Engineers Week Ireland this week. The engineering team was ably assisted by our intern, Aisling McCarthy.

Organised by Engineers Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland, Engineers Week celebrates engineering across Ireland. Everybody is invited to get involved and inspire young people around the country to consider a career in engineering.

The team got involved this year by presenting to both primary and secondary schools located near the project works. The following schools were visited by the team;

  • 04/03/19 - Glanmire Community College (180 students).
  • 05/03/19 - Scoil Inse Rátha, Little Island (60 students).
  • 06/03/19 - Scoil Náisiúnta a Chroí Naofa, Glounthaune (250 students).

 

The team spoke about their individual career paths, gave examples of the projects that they have worked on and completed, various types of engineering and how it is used in every day life, as well as showing the proposed plans for the Dunkettle Interchange upgrade scheme and how it will be beneficial in the future. Our aim was to encourage and to empower the students to follow their own career journeys within engineering and the overall response could not have been any better.

Presenting to almost 500 students this week, they greatly appreciated the insights gained from the personal career pathways to date from the team. We recieved high levels of engagement and interaction from the students throughout these school visits by hosting question and answer sessions after each presentation as well as providing supplies to carry out engineering activities.

Some of the activities carried out included the demonstration of surveying equipment, creating structures out of spaghetti and marshmallows with 5th and 6th class students as well as the demonstration of the Law of the Lever using a toy crane. The team brought hard hats, goggles and overalls for the students to try on.

The team also provided each school with branded pens, rulers, as well as participation certificates for each student. John Sisk & Sons kindly donated ‘curiosity boxes’ for all of the primary schools involved.  


Engineers Week Ireland 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

Four of our Engineers from the Dunkettle Interchange Upgrade team, Jim McCarthy, Denise McCarthy, Michael Owens and Cathal O’ Connor, were delighted to support Engineers Week Ireland this week. The engineering team was ably assisted by our intern, Aisling McCarthy.

Organised by Engineers Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland, Engineers Week celebrates engineering across Ireland. Everybody is invited to get involved and inspire young people around the country to consider a career in engineering.

The team got involved this year by presenting to both primary and secondary schools located near the project works. The following schools were visited by the team;

  • 04/03/19 - Glanmire Community College (180 students).
  • 05/03/19 - Scoil Inse Rátha, Little Island (60 students).
  • 06/03/19 - Scoil Náisiúnta a Chroí Naofa, Glounthaune (250 students).

 

The team spoke about their individual career paths, gave examples of the projects that they have worked on and completed, various types of engineering and how it is used in every day life, as well as showing the proposed plans for the Dunkettle Interchange upgrade scheme and how it will be beneficial in the future. Our aim was to encourage and to empower the students to follow their own career journeys within engineering and the overall response could not have been any better.

Presenting to almost 500 students this week, they greatly appreciated the insights gained from the personal career pathways to date from the team. We recieved high levels of engagement and interaction from the students throughout these school visits by hosting question and answer sessions after each presentation as well as providing supplies to carry out engineering activities.

Some of the activities carried out included the demonstration of surveying equipment, creating structures out of spaghetti and marshmallows with 5th and 6th class students as well as the demonstration of the Law of the Lever using a toy crane. The team brought hard hats, goggles and overalls for the students to try on.

The team also provided each school with branded pens, rulers, as well as participation certificates for each student. John Sisk & Sons kindly donated ‘curiosity boxes’ for all of the primary schools involved.  


11th February 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Dunkettle traffic website has now gone live. It shows live feeds from cameras at the interchange as well as journey times and traffic information. Traffic Website

 


February 4th 2019

Monday, February 4, 2019

As part of the enabling works for the Dunkettle Interchange Project, John Sisk and Sons on behalf of Cork county council are carrying out traffic capacity improvement works at Little Island interchange starting the 4th February. Further updates are contained in our Newsletter.