Eoin O'Catháin

Eoin Ó Catháin

Associate
Client
Clare County Council & TII
Location
Co. Clare

Summary

Roughan & O’Donovan (ROD) designed a scheme to address the serious traffic congestion issues at the junction of the N85 and N67 at Blake’s Corner in Ennistymon.  

The scheme design improves road network capacity and enhances the public realm within an historic streetscape.​​​​​​​

Solution

The project consisted of a review of previous studies of the junction at Blake’s Corner, a traffic modelling assessment of improvement options and the design of an improvement scheme to deal with the long standing traffic problems at the junction.

The preferred solution involved constructing a new bridge wide enough for 2-way traffic movements and approx. 80m upstream of the River Inagh Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

It also involved reducing the protected 7-arch masonry bridge, Michael Conway Bridge, to one-way traffic to allow widening of the existing footpath to the south and provision of a footpath to the north.

Proposals

  • Reconfiguration of existing junctions and priorities to allow the main flow of traffic across the new bridge
  • Use of controlled crossing facilities and enhanced footpaths to improve pedestrian facilities
  • Use of complementary landscaping to create an attractive public realm within Ennistymon town

Challenge

Designing a road network with sufficient capacity to cater for existing traffic demands while conserving the historic fabric of the town proved challenging.  

Services provided:

Civil engineering design