Tipperary County Council is appealing to drivers to avoid using the junction at Bowe’s Corner on Friar Street in Thurles to minimise delays as roadworks commence today.
Modifications to the junction are expected to take 12 weeks.
The Council says the main objective of the project is to improve the safety of pedestrian movements both at Bowes Corner and in the vicinity of the train station.
The works will involve installation of new drainage, public lighting, kerbing, paving, pedestrian crossings and raised tables at the heart of the junction.
A roundabout is not being installed.
The pedestrian crossing at Tom Dunne’s is being removed and two new pedestrian crossings will be installed – one at the bottom of the bridge as it enters Friar Street and the second as traffic exits the junction box which will now be a raised table roadway.
Traffic delays are unavoidable during the works due to the confined nature of the site and multiple traffic lanes in the area according to the council.
The project is funded via €500,000 Active Travel funding and the project did not go through a Part 8 planning process.