Despite the recent poor weather, work on Cork city’s Sarsfield and Bandon Road roundabout flyovers is on schedule and set for completion next July.
It is almost one year since the sod was turned on the project and rapid progress has been made on the 98m flyovers since.
The Bandon Road roundabout flyover is largely complete, with the final bridge beams at the eastern edge of the roundabout set to be installed next week.
Engineers say that construction on the project has gone largely to plan, with significant ground work taking place to the south of the South Ring Road between both roundabouts.
Major piling work has also taken place near the Sarsfield Road roundabout, to support the new road network.
Construction work has also started on the column supports for the Sarsfield Road roundabout and motorists can expect to see rapid progress in the coming months.
The flyovers are being built by SIAC construction. The company, founded in Cork in 1913, has grown to become one of Ireland’s biggest construction firms, completing projects like the M50 upgrade, the Boyne Bridge in County Meath and the Ballincollig Green Route.
When the 50m Kinsale Road roundabout flyover opened to traffic in 2006, attention immediately turned to the two other main roundabouts on the South Ring Road.
It had been hoped that work would start almost immediately on the flyovers but Cork had to wait another five years before construction began.
Even then, Cork was lucky that funding was approved, given that so many infrastructural projects were put on hold when the Government finances were dramatically reduced.
As he turned the sod on the project last July, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said it was one of only a few road projects that would be started in 2011.
With the project set for completion next July, thoughts will then move to the next big Cork projects with the Dunkettle Interchange, the Ringaskiddy upgrade, the M20 Cork to Limerick Motorway and the Macroom bypass top of the list.