Temporary traffic lights are to be installed at Cockhill Bridge in order to “address immediate safety concerns” at the junction.
Inishowen’s County Councillors confirmed the decision at their Municipal District meeting in Carndonagh on Monday afternoon.
They also announced they have agreed to seek a deputation to the Minister for Transport regarding funding for the new road bridge, the design for which has been completed.
The move was confirmed at the meeting by Cathaoirleach Nicholas Crossan, with Inishowen Municipal District Councillors stating the temporary lights at the existing junction will “control traffic flow to a single lane across the bridge and provide a signalised pedestrian crossing on Cockhill Road.”
In addition, some additional pieces of footpath will also be constructed in order to “improve the path for pedestrians.”
The councillors met in a workshop ahead of their meeting yesterday and later announced the measures at the meeting.
In a statement read by Councillor Crossan, the councillors said the temporary traffic lights “are intended to address immediate safety concerns at this location and are a practical safety solution that can be installed in a relatively quick period.”
They added that the Gardai had been consulted on the traffic lights and also “support” the installation of the lights “as an interim measure” pending the construction of the new bridge.
It was also confirmed that the Council will review and monitor the operation of the lights in the early weeks of the operation.
The new bridge and approach roads will cost three million euro to construct. This is now ready to go to tender as soon as funding is confirmed.
The layout of this bridge will see the realignment of the main road over the river and “eliminate” the “difficult turning manoeuvres” for lorries and buses.
The councillors stated the new bridge would also include “proper footpaths” for pedestrians. In addition, the old Cockhill Bridge would remain in place and be converted to a bike/pedestrian bridge.
In the statement, they added that all approvals, including planning consents and river approvals, have been in place since late 2013.
A number of protests have been held at Cockhill Bridge in recent months, with campaigners calling for the construction of a footbridge.