High Tech Upgrade for Castlemartyr Traffic Signals

By Seamus Whelehan

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A project to sync traffic signals along the N25 at Castlemartyr which could drastically impact how cars and trucks move through the village is almost complete.

The high volume junction has been a source of frustration for motorists over a number of years, with the Local Authority receiving a number of complaints from the public.

Drivers coming from Mogeely turning right have always found it difficult to get onto the N25 due to the staggered nature of the junction.

The redesigned intersection now has new vehicle detection units which, once fully operational, will regulate the light sequences based on traffic demand.

The news comes following the tabling of a Motion by Cllr Danielle Twomey at the March Sitting of the East Cork Municipality, who said the current light sequence was causing “huge disruptions.”

The Sinn Fein Cllr said Castlemartyr Village has the potential for further traffic misery, especially during evening rush hour when the L3809 and L3627 Two Mile Inn to Mogeely Road will be closed from next month onwards.

The Cllr said the closure of the road will divert, through Castlemartyr, traffic which would normally avoid the route, putting even more pressure on the junction.

The planned road closures are part of the Mogeely Cheese Factory expansion to facilitate the installation of a ductile iron outfall pipe.

Cork County Council Senior Roads Engineer, Dave Clarke, said while the new traffic light system is in a transition period he expected it to be fully operational in the coming days.

The project, part of the Village Enhancement Scheme, involves the retiming of traffic signals at the central junction in the village and along the main thoroughfare.

The system will not only optimise traffic movement, he said, but will also benefit pedestrians as it includes the linking of the pedestrian lights in the village.

The new technology and equipment means traffic signals now use microprocessors to co-ordinate the traffic based on demand, rather than traditional timed lights.

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