Over half a million euro has been allocated for a west Waterford accident blackspot.
The N25 crossroad junction at Cushcam Cross, near Dungarvan will be redesigned following €525,000 in funding from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).
The turn-off, on the main Cork-Waterford route, has been the scene of numerous collisions over the years.
The junction is used for access to Garranbane national school and the busy Dungarvan suburb of Ballinroad.
The works will include widening the N25 to provide for a right turning lane for traffic from the Dungarvan approach, and re-alignment of local roads to provide increased curvature for traffic turning left from the Waterford approach.
Waterford Council can now begin the planning and land acquisition stages with the physical roadworks due to start in early 2019 lasting around nine months.
Senior engineer for roads in Waterford, Gabriel Hynes says it’s an accident blackspot, and improvements have been sought for over a decade:
“It’s been going on for over 10 years at this stage, so we’re delighted TII have given the funding for the project to proceed. Given the curvature of the side road there’s been numerous accidents there…. while there’s been no fatalities there, there have been many serious accidents…there’s accidents occuring there on a continuous basis.”