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Old August 4th, 2009, 12:04 AM   #201
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Thanks for that T21

Redesignation progress of signage on the M8 into Cork by Furet.












And M18 resigning taken by Chris.























He also got snaps of M20 resigning







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M20 new sign taken by Tech2/T21 on Boards.ie before solid yellow line painted...

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Old August 5th, 2009, 03:47 AM   #203
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M7 Nenagh-Limerick motorway. Its looking good to be finished this year.


Looking south of the R504 overbridge




Looking north of the R504 overbridge
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Old August 6th, 2009, 03:09 AM   #204
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Will definately open this year on that evidence. Thankfully no armco in the middle.




Blackwater Viaduct near Fermoy on the M8 taken by Furet.
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Old August 15th, 2009, 08:05 PM   #205
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beautiful shot taken by Furet there

M7/M8 PPP Motorway Scheme



Looking east J21



Looking west from J21 (Nenagh - Castletown scheme)



J21 link road



Looking south from L road to Clough (M8)



Looking north toward R434 overbridge from Clough link road (M8)



These two from the L1595 road (M7)



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Old August 23rd, 2009, 12:09 AM   #206
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More southbound M18 signage

J12 1km ADS



J12 Gantry



M18 Distance Signage



J9 1km ADS



Edit: Yes I should have cleaned my windscreen before I took them
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Old August 24th, 2009, 12:58 AM   #207
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Appart from the wind screen - great snaps - thanks!


2 pics taken by Tech2


M7 J29



(solid yellow line about to be painted)

And another picture.....somewhere



And this picture by Wild Bill of J17 on the M11 on Boards.ie

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Old August 28th, 2009, 07:51 PM   #208
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Friday, 28 August 2009 16:14



Sections of ten national roads will today be designated as new motorways.

The Department of Transport made the changes following a recommendation from the National Roads Authority.

Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey said: 'The purpose of this move is to enhance and protect the national motorway network.'

The speed limits on these roads will be increased from 100 to 120km/h, which will mean that learner drivers, certain types of agricultural vehicles and motorbikes will be banned.

Motorway status will be applied to 294km of national roads.

The sections reclassified include the N2 between Kilshane and Ashbourne, the N4 between Kinnegad and McNead's Bridge and the N6 between Athlone and Galway.

However, the section from Ballinasloe to Galway is one of a number of roads under construction.

Parts of the N3, N8, N9, N11, N18 and N20 are also covered, along with the Limerick Southern Ring Road.

Click here for more on the reclassified routes.

Conor Faughnan of AA Roadwatch says the change is a good thing and that it will make the roads safer as certain classes of vehicle cannot go on them.

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Hey, I assume when they say "The speed limits on these roads will be increased from 100 to 120km/h, which will mean that learner drivers, certain types of agricultural vehicles and motorbikes will be banned." what they actually mean is certain types of agricultural vehicles and certain types of motorbikes (presumably scooters and other low capacity engine bikes)? And not that all motorbikes are banned on Irish Motorways?
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Hey, I assume when they say "The speed limits on these roads will be increased from 100 to 120km/h, which will mean that learner drivers, certain types of agricultural vehicles and motorbikes will be banned." what they actually mean is certain types of agricultural vehicles and certain types of motorbikes (presumably scooters and other low capacity engine bikes)? And not that all motorbikes are banned on Irish Motorways?
Yes motorbikes are allowed, as long as they go over 50km/h!
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Old September 9th, 2009, 05:06 PM   #211
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M50 traffic management have suddenly discovered message boards and are posting updates


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Tonight we will implement a new layout on the M1 NB from the Port Tunnel to the M1/M50 Interchange. This involves reducing the running lanes from 3 to 2 for a period of 2 weeks. Traffic in the tunnel will be encouraged to use lane 2 as once out of the tunnel, the traffic from Whitehall will have to merge with lane 1 of the tunnel and also the Coolock NB On Ramp. Once the new lanes are constructed, traffic will then be diverted into the median and the procedure will be repeated along the verge.

On Thursday night we will erect gantry's on the M1 SB from the Airport to the M1/M50 Interchange. There are currently parked on trailers in the verge. This will involve rolling blocks (20km/h) to give a gap in traffic to lift the gantry's. Delays will be kept to a minimun, 5-10 minutes.

Also on Thursday night at 2am we will be taking down 2 sets of 3 cables that cross both the M50 and N2. This will envolve a full closure on both roads for the ESB to cut the cables. Once they are pulled clear, traffic will be allowed run again. The ESB will take a maximum of 10 minutes for each cable.

The N3 SB Off Ramp has also been extended further towards Finglas for stacking room, but as there are unfinished works in the verge it cannot be extended any further until later this week

M50 D&C Traffic Management
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Old September 11th, 2009, 08:30 PM   #212
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M50 at Ballymun (M50 traffic management) looking eastbound.

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Looking westbound near J5

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Construction is moving fast at this stage.
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Some pictures of the M8 posted by Furet

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Some curious advertising on the Cashel to Cullahill scheme:


New County signage on the Cashel-Mitchelstown scheme:



Former 'Garda Only' bay is now a parking area, close to junction 12:


New delineation on the Glanmire Bypass:



The Knockmealdowns west of New Inn, between junctions 10 and 9, southbound:




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Old September 25th, 2009, 06:41 PM   #214
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Pics by Ramiere (boards.ie) - shows the tie in today U/C of the new M9 and the existing M9 on the Dublin Waterford route.


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taken from the n78 bridge over the m9 looking south over the kilcullen tie in.

laying down the mr t mac.

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M7 Nenagh to Limerick

Some pics of the M7 U/C. Scheduled to be finished later this year

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Overbridge south of daly's cross



The boggy section is still in trouble





A bit further up from it:


View from the overbridge looking south:


Looking north:


Another pic of the overbridge which a few posters wanted to know how it was designed


Approaching the newport interchange which has not been posted up before:


The northbound ramp:


Last but not least there is some wearing course laid on one carriageway below the R504 overbridge:



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Certainly making progress on the m50, red cow from dubdade YT

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The N7 junction is finished I think and it is an enourmous improvement. The traffic flows seemlessly through the junction though it's layout can sometimes be confusing.


If you are interested in seeing the new bridge on the Waterford Bypass:



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Public will get chance to walk across new bridge
By Gillian O’Neill

A ONCE in a lifetime chance to walk across Waterford’s iconic new bridge will be given to the people of the city and surrounding areas in advance of the opening of the €530m bypass in October.

A special Community Day when all residents of Waterford and South Kilkenny will be invited to come and walk the bridge is being planned as the final works on the bridge and adjoining road networks continue on schedule.


Project Liaison Officer, Tom Hartery, said a date for the official opening of the bypass and bridge had yet to be confirmed but said work was progressing well.


“I would say that on the Kilmeaden side, the work is around 98% complete. They are over there at the moment putting up road signage and crash barriers and that sort of thing but the road and the toll plaza are finished,” he confirmed.


“We are mainly concentrating on the Grannagh side at the moment which is where most of the remaining work needs to be done. The span of the bridge is now complete and they are currently waterproofing the deck and putting in services. Everything is on track and I don’t expect any delays in completing the project,” he added.


While October’s official opening will be an NRA function, Mr. Hartery said the Community Day would be a fantastic opportunity for people to come and see the bridge and walk from one side to the other before it opens for business.



“It will be a good chance for members of the public who have been inconvenienced and discommoded for the past three and half years to come along and see the end result first hand. This will be the only opportunity for pedestrians to have access to the bridge before it opens to vehicular traffic and we’ll be hoping everyone will come along and help mark a great event for Waterford,” he stated.


Meanwhile, the tolls for motorists planning on using the bridge were published this week by the National Roads Authority (NRA). The charge for motorbikes will be •1.00 while cars will be subject to a fee of •1.90. The cost for buses will be •3.40 while the tolls for vans and lorries range from •3.40 to •6.10 depending on size.


Mr. Hartery emphasised that road users would benefit from the extensive new road network attached to bridge but would only incur a charge on using the bridge.


“For instance, people will now be able to take the new road from the roundabout out beyond Slieverue and travel straight out on to the Dublin Road and they won’t incur any toll. For those who are crossing the river, there is still an alternative option of the existing bridge into the city centre. This is now also a much improved alternative as a result of the new road networks which are in place,” he stated.
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Another M50 upgrade picture. This one by csd over on SABRE. This one is taken at the junction with the M1. You can see, just about, the flyover for M50N to M50/M1S under construction to the left of the picture.




The new slips could open as early as the end of this month.
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Friday, 16 October 2009 20:46
Farmers and householders in Co Galway have been staging a series of protests close to the route of the new M6 motorway.

Several hundred farmers and householders in Co Galway have been taking part in a series of protests.

The group are protesting about damage they claim is being done during the construction of the final section of the new M6 motorway between Dublin and Galway.

One group of demonstrators at Cappataggle, near Ballinasloe, were prevented from entering the motorway site this morning.

The M6 action group finally confronted officials of the joint Spanish- Irish construction company which is building the news motorway.

The group had 4 hours of talks with the representatives and said it was very pleased with the news.

The motorway construction consortium told protestors tonight that it will begin to tackle the issues they raised.

The consortium said it will begin a programme of repair work on the damage which has been caused.

The Company will appoint a project manager and two engineers to oversee this work and it will get under way in the coming weeks
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Bypass to cut 12,000 cars daily from city quays





The new bridge over the river Suir in Waterford. It is part of the Waterford city bypass, which has been developed at a cost of more than €500 million, and is expected to cut 20 minutes off the journey on the N25 between Cork to the port of Rosslare, via Waterford.

IRELAND’S LONGEST cable-stayed bridge, which spans the river Suir, will be open to pedestrians and sightseers three hours before access is allowed to motorised traffic on Monday.

The new bridge, which is similar in design but, at 465m, is 81m longer than the Boyne Bridge on the M1, is part of the Waterford city bypass, which has been developed at a cost of more than €500 million. It is opening 10 months ahead of schedule.

The bridge is a “distinctive and impressive structure”, according to the National Roads Authority, with “a light and elegant design complementing the river and the surrounding landscape”.

Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Martin Cullen and chairman of the National Roads Authority Peter Malone will officially open the bridge at 12.30pm on Monday. Invitees will be taken there by bus.

Following the ceremony, sightseers and pedestrians will be free to wander the length and breadth of the bridge, taking in views of Waterford city and the surrounding countryside, before motorised traffic is allowed across it from about 4.30pm.

The bridge is part of the 23km Waterford city toll-bypass. Charges for using the route are to be €1 for motorbikes, €1.90 for cars and €3.40 for buses and coaches. Goods vehicles pay a maximum of €6.10.

It is expected that 14,000 vehicles will use the route each day, reducing volumes in Waterford city by about 30 per cent and removing up to 12,000 vehicles a day from the city’s quays.

The new route begins at Kilmeadan to the west of the city and crosses the River Suir to tie in with the existing N25 route to Rosslare, Waterford and Cork to the east, at Slieverue village.

The bypass includes a new connection, known as the Western Link, to industrial areas to the southwest of Waterford city. It also links to the M9/N9 and N24 to the Grannagh Interchange.

The route is expected to cut 20 minutes off the journey on the N25 between Cork to the port of Rosslare, via Waterford city. The current N25 route passes along the congested city quays and crosses the River Suir over Rice Bridge.

During work on the scheme, a significant archaeological site was discovered at Woodstown. It was declared a national monument, which necessitated a revised alignment on a section of the route.

The Woodstown site appears to represent a defended riverside settlement, with associated industrial activity.

The artefacts and radiocarbon dating indicate the site likely dates back to the early medieval period, between the 9th and 12th centuries AD.

This article appears in the print edition of the Irish Times
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