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.

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