WORKS to increase capacity at one of Limerick’s worst bottle-necks are expected to begin early next year
Limerick County Council hopes to appoint a contractor before Christmas to carry out the upgrade works at the N24 / N7 interchange.
At present up to 18,000 vehicles use the interchange every day and lengthy delays are a daily occurrence at peak times.
The project, which is expected to cost several million euro to complete, was formally approved by councillors last month following the conclusion of the Part 8 planning process.
The deadline for receipt of contractors is this Thursday and negotiations with the prospective contractor are likely to begin next week.
The works, which will last for a number of months, will see the construction of a new roundabout at the junction of the N24 and the Old Ballysimon Road.
A new slip-road will be constructed to facilitate direct access to the N24 for traffic exiting from the northbound lane of the N7.
The existing lanes of the N24 will be widened over a 2km stretch of road and there will be four lanes (two in each direction) between the new roundabout and the Garryglass Roundabout.
The existing traffic lights, which were installed at the junction number of years ago will remain in place but they will be reconfigured to facilitate the additional traffic.