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Old November 6th, 2008, 11:34 PM   #21
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No not yet. The A1 wont be a motorway anyway - it will be a standard dual carriageway. Dont know when it is due to be finished - 2 years maybe? It will be a good road but it really should be motorway.

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Old November 10th, 2008, 12:58 AM   #22
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N3 Navan Road.. The new M3 is being built closeby and will join this road.

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Old November 10th, 2008, 01:07 AM   #23
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Interesting that piece you have photographed will become the motorway aswell

http://www.transport.ie/upload/general/10978-5.pdf


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Old November 10th, 2008, 11:52 AM   #24
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Interesting that piece you have photographed will become the motorway aswell

http://www.transport.ie/upload/general/10978-5.pdf


God bless the NRA
And work is fast progressing on the M3 sections...got a few photographs here but nothing worth uploading..

Thanks for the pdf file...interesting alignment, I must say. Afterall they are going to build the road through the Tara sites...

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Old November 11th, 2008, 07:50 PM   #25
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The M3 is not going through Tara....it is further away then the existing road!
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Old November 15th, 2008, 03:56 PM   #26
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Minister Dempsey Turns sod on €200m Gort to Crusheen Road Scheme


“Continued investment in transport infrastructure is the key to ourfuture competitiveness”

Mr Noel Dempsey TD, Minister for Transport today (Friday, 14 November 2008) turned the sod to formally commence work on the new N18 Gort to Crusheen road project. This new road scheme, due for completion in 2011, will be just over 23km of dual carriageway in length and will cost €207.5 million to build.

• It is estimated that a time saving of 20 minutes or more can be attained on journeys between Ennis and Galway during peak hours.
• This road will bypass the town of Gort and the village of Crusheen in County Galway.

Speaking today Minster Dempsey said:

"This new road will eliminate one of the worst bottlenecks along the Atlantic corridor. The Gort to Crusheen project is one of the strategic links along the entire Atlantic corridor. This project emphasises the importance of investing in the road infrastructure so that business and regional economic hubs such as Limerick, Shannon and Galway can compete in this ever demanding national and global environment. The key benefits will be three fold, a safer road, direct regional economic investment and easier access for visitors. For the people of Gort and Crusheen it will give them back their towns by dramatically reducing through traffic”

The Minister added:

“Continued investment in transport infrastructure, even in these difficult times, is key to our future competitiveness. Next year Government will spend over €2 billion on our national, regional and local roads network."

Fred Barry, CEO National Roads Authority (NRA) said:

"The Gort to Crusheen scheme is another major step to linking Limerick, Shannon and Galway. As the Ennis bypass has proven, road infrastructure will continue to improve the quality of life for residents and deliver opportunities for businesses to development throughout the entire region."

The contract to build this road was awarded by the NRA to SIAC Willis JV. Work will commence at the northern-end of the Ennis Bypass and will extend to approximately 1km north of Gort.
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Old November 28th, 2008, 02:19 AM   #27
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The NRA is putting timelapse footage of some of it's projects on it's website.


http://www.nra.ie/ProjectVideos/


Also a further 40km of the M8 will open on the 8th of December.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 02:57 AM   #28
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ONE OF the longest sections of road in the State's motorway development programme, the 40km Cullahill to Cashel section of the M8, has been completed seven months early, the NRA is to announce today.

The new €435 million road, which is expected to take at least 20 minutes off the journey time between Dublin and Cork, bypasses the towns of Johnstown and Urlingford in Co Kilkenny, and Littleton and Horse and Jockey in Co Tipperary.

It was built by SRB Ltd, a joint venture between Sisk and Roadbridge and the commissioning local authority was Kilkenny County Council.

The new road, which is expected to open to traffic as soon as Monday next, will remove up to 16,000 vehicles a day from towns along the route, separating national from local traffic.

There is to be a temporary tie-in at the northern end, with the existing N8, south of Cullahill.

By 2010 it will tie in to the M7/M8 Portlaoise to Cullahill motorway, providing dual carriageway access all the way to Dublin.

At the southern end, the new road ties in with the Cashel bypass which was opened in 2004. The new motorway will have four level-separated junctions and 46 bridges.

This scheme was a pilot "tendered target cost scheme" under which the contractor is paid their actual costs based on an open book accounting system.

A bonus is paid if the scheme costs less than the target cost and penalties are levied if the cost exceeds the target.

In 2010, when the entire Dublin-Cork route is upgraded to motorway or high grade dual carriageway standard, the route will have two tolls, the existing one on the Fermoy bypass and a second one on the Portlaoise to Cullahill section.

This week Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey told the Oireachtas Committee for Transport that the new major inter-urban routes were still on target for completion by 2010.

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Old December 10th, 2008, 11:12 PM   #29
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Dublin-Cork journey time shortened


Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey yesterday opened the €434 million motorway scheme along the M8 between Cullahill, Co Laois, and Cashel, Co Tipperary.

The motorway, finished seven months ahead of schedule and under budget, will take up to 16,000 vehicles out of a number of towns on the old N8 route.

"This is an historic occasion and a major advancement towards the completion of the Dublin-Cork route," said Mr Dempsey yesterday.

"Towns and villages along the route will experience an enhanced quality of life, while drivers will benefit from shorter journey times and safer roads.

"Road safety will be greatly improved for drivers using the new motorway as they can now bypass minor junctions where many of the most serious high-speed collisions have occurred."

The new road will bypass Johnstown and Urlingford in Co Kilkenny and Littleton and Horse and Jockey in Co Tipperary.

"Ireland's island economy is heavily dependent on the efficient movement of goods and people and in this regard this road will help facilitate economic competitiveness in these challenging times," said Mr Dempsey.

The new road will connect with the Cashel bypass, which opened in 2004, and link to the Cashel-Mitchelstown section of the M8, which opened in July.

"We have seen 80km of top-class roadway open to traffic along the strategic Cork to Dublin route during 2008, providing huge improvements for road-users," said Peter Malone, chairman of the National Roads Authority.

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7 months ahead of schedule and under budget The new section is 40 kms long.
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Old December 13th, 2008, 05:49 PM   #30
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About the M50 red-cow...

It's so messy looking at the moment it's unbelievable, and the whole thing is just a jungle of concrete piers, bridges, underpasses etc., it actually is quite intimidating compared to the old roundabout.
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Old December 18th, 2008, 09:35 PM   #31
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It works....and thats the main thing.

Lots of comments on the M8 show people are really impressed with it....so far. Have to go down and have a look myself!
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Old December 24th, 2008, 06:06 PM   #32
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500m from the place in Ireland where Im staying are they building a highway.. It must be the M25 or M9.. Because it's near to Kilkenny/Waterford. I took some pictures of it, I will post them when Im home because I forgot my USB cable..
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Old December 27th, 2008, 01:21 AM   #33
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Hi!


That would be great. Cheers!


Here is a vid of a small part of some recently opened M8.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6P0reA2wkQ

Note two things - Ireland is the only country in Europe that uses yellow hard shoulders and Aemerican style yellow diamond 'new world' signage.

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Old December 27th, 2008, 05:02 AM   #34
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M8 Mitchelstown to Fermoy scheme:

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Junction 13 of the M8 under construction, December 2008.

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The M8 between Junctions 13 and 14, looking south ~ December 2008.

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M8 looking north, 4km south of Mitchelstown in County Cork, Dec. 2008.

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The M8 looking south just south of Junction 12, December 2008.

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The M8 looking northbound from the Junction 14 overbridge, November 2008.

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Old December 27th, 2008, 07:50 PM   #35
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The M8 looking southbound at junction 9 (December 2008).

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The M8 looking south towards Cahir (December 2008).

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View north from the same overbridge (at the L3121), December 2008.

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Old December 27th, 2008, 11:25 PM   #36
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Nice pics Furet.

Beautiful stretch of motorway. Completed hopefully in 2010. I think the M8 section to the M7 is 155kms long.
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Carrigane.

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Slievenamon in the distance.

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The Galtees.
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Old December 31st, 2008, 10:31 PM   #38
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Once again beautiful pics Furet. Thanks very much


That must be some improvement on the old road!
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Wow our roads really are coming on! The majority of the Dublin to Cork route is now motorway. Pity the public transport plans aren't coming along as quickly.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 01:23 AM   #40
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Yes it is coming together nicely.


Info on the M7 (Dublin to Limerick) can be found here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M7_motorway_(Ireland)

It will be the longest single number motorway in Ireland. The Motorway will connect to 3 other motorways - the M9, M8 and M20.





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The M11 joins the M50 south of Dub at this freeflow junction


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