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Old July 11th, 2009, 08:43 PM   #321
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Ireland looks nice from above All those fields separated by hedges.
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Ireland looks nice from above All those fields separated by hedges.
Outside Dublin, Cork and Limerick it is very sparsely populated. Hopefully the new motorways don't change the character too much. It is very nice.
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Old July 12th, 2009, 11:52 PM   #323
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M6 motorway between Athlone and Ballinasloe on the Dublin - Galway route nearly ready to go.

July 23rd is the expected opening date.

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Scheme length is 19.4km's and includes three grade seperated junctions

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Beautiful new highways. Since Ireland is very sparsely populated, they should be an absolute joy to drive on, coupled with the scenery.
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100's of km's of existing Dual Carriageways to become Motorways on August 28th.

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SECTIONS OF NATIONAL ROADS AND PROPOSED ROAD
DEVELOPMENTS DECLARED AS MOTORWAYS UNDER THIS
ORDER

Reference in this Schedule to—
N followed by a number is a reference to a national road
R followed by a number is a reference to a regional road

N2 — Killshane to Ashbourne
The section of the N2 between the grade separated junction known as Cherryhound
in the townland of Killshane in the county of Fingal and its junction with
the R135 in the townland of Rath in the county of Meath, via the townlands of
Cherryhound and Ward Lower in the county of Fingal and Irishtown, Newtown
Commons, Wotton, Fleenstown Little, Baltrasna, Harlockstown and Cookstown
in the county of Meath.


N3 — Littlepace to Loughsallagh
The section of the N3 from its junction with the R156 at Littlepace in the
county of Fingal to Loughsallagh in the county of Meath, via the townland of
Damastown in the county of Fingal and Clonee in the county of Meath.

N3 — Loughsallagh to Pace
The section of the proposed N3 between its junction with the existing N3 at
Loughsallagh in the county of Meath and its junction with the proposed M3 at
Pace, via the townlands of Bracetown and Dunboyne in the county of Meath,
and also the proposed north bound on-ramp at the Clonee interchange.


N4 — Kinnegad to McNead’s Bridge
The section of the N4 between the grade separated junction known as
Kinnegad West in the town land of Kinnegad and the grade separated junction
at McNead’s Bridge in the townland of Heathstown, via the townlands of Griffithstown
and Correllstown, all in the county of Westmeath.


N6 — Athlone to Ballinasloe (also known as the N6 Ballinasloe to Athlone
Dual Carriageway Scheme)The section of the proposed N6 between its junction with the R362 at Monksland
and its junction with the proposed R357 at Ardcarn via the townlands
of Mihanboy, Taduff West, Ardkeenan, Loghlackagh, Rathpeak, Kilbegly, and
Sralea, all in the county of Roscommon.


N6 — Galway to Ballinasloe (also known as the N6 Galway to East Ballinasloe
Dual Carriageway).The section of the proposed N6 between its junction with the proposed R357
at Ardcarn in the county of Roscommon and its junction with the existing N18
at Glennascaul in the county of Galway, via the townland of Tulrush in the
county of Roscommon and Poolboy, Mackney, Coololla, Cloghagalla Eighter,
Ballynaclogh, Turksland, Brackloon, Cross, Killescragh, Carrowkeel, Greyford,
4 [255]
Deerpark, Newford, Rathmorrissey and Lisheenkyle East in the county of
Galway.


N7 — Limerick Southern Ring Road, Phase 1
The section of the N7 between its junction with the R503 at Mountshannon
to a point on the existing N7 at the R511 overbridge in Rathbane South, via the
townlands of Woodstown, Ballysimon and Inchmore, all in the county of
Limerick.


N7 — Proposed N7/N20 Rossbrien Interchange (part of the Limerick Southern
Ring Road Phase 2 road scheme)
The parts of the proposed Rossbrien Interchange comprising of the N7 and
N20 interchange loops in the townlands of Rossbrien and Rathbane South in
the county of Limerick.


N8 — Watergrasshill to Glanmire
The section of the N8 between its junction with the M8 at Mitchelsfort and
its junction with the R639 at Killydonoghue, via the townlands of Transtown
and Killalough, all in the county of Cork.


N8 — Glanmire Bypass
The section of the N8 between its junction with the R639 at Killydonoghue
to a point 400m north of the N25 Junction at Dunkettle, via the townlands of
Riverstown and Ballinglanna, all in the county of Cork.


N9 — Waterford to Powerstown (also known as the N9/N10 Killcullen to
Waterford Scheme)
The section of the proposed N9 between its junction with the existing N9 at
Cloghristick in the county of Carlow and its junction with the N25 at Granny in
the county of Kilkenny via Seskin Lower, Moanduff and Moanmore in the
county of Carlow; Shankill, Jordanstown, Ballyquirk, Rathcash West, Clifden,
Kilree, Danesfort, Stonecarthy West, Knocktopher Commons, Kilkeasy, Garrandarragh,
Ballykeoghan and Dunkitt in the county of Kilkenny.


N11 — Ashford to Rathnew
The section of the N11 between its junction with the R772 at Kilmartin and
its junction with the R772 at Ballynabarney, via the townlands of Rathmore,
Mountusher, Rossanna Lower and Ballybeg, all in the county of Wicklow.


N11 — Arklow Bypass
The section of the N11 between its junction with the R772 at Templerainey
and its junction with the R772 at Cooladangan, via the townlands of Kilbride,
Ballyraine Middle, Ballyraine Upper and Kish, all in the county of Wicklow.


N11 — Arklow to Gorey (also known as the N11 Gorey to Arklow Link)
The section of the N11 between its junction with the R772 at Cooladangan in
the county of Wicklow and its junction with the R772 at Ballinclay in the county
of Wexford, via the townlands of Ashwood Upper, Ballyellin, Inch, Tinnock
Lower, Toberduff, Courteencurragh, Raheenagurren West, Coolnastudd and
Clogh, in the county of Wexford.
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N18 — Shannon to Ennis (known as Ballycasey to Dromoland)
The section of the N18 between its junction with the N19 at Ballycasey Beg
and its junction with the R458 at Latoon South, via the townlands of Killulla,
Knocksaggart and Ballyconneely, all in the county of Clare.


N18 — Ennis Bypass (also known as N18 Dromoland to Crusheen)
The section of the N18 between its junction with the R458 at Latoon South
and its junction with the existing N18 as Carrowdotia, via the townlands of
Manusmore, Killow, Knockanean and Drumquin, all in the county of Clare.


N18 — Gort to Crusheen
The section of the proposed N18 between its junction with the existing N18
at Carrowdotia and its junction with the existing N18 at Glenbrack in the county
of Galway via the townlands of Bearnafunshin, Caheraphuca, Derrygarriff and
Monreagh in the county of Clare, and Gortavoher, Curtaun, Ballyboy, Ballybaun
and Drumminacloghaun in the county of Galway.


N18 — Oranmore to Gort
The section of the proposed N18 between its junction with the existing N18
at Glenbrack and its junction with the proposed N6 at Rathmorrissey, via the
townlands of Coole Demesne, Ballymaquiff North, Ballyglass West, Cloghboley,
Kiltiernan East, Roevehagh, Moyveela and Gortroe, all in the county of Galway.


N20 — Limerick to Attyflin (also known as the N20/N21 Junction)
The section of the N20 from a point 660m south of the existing N7/N20 junction
at Rossbrien to its junction with the N21 at Ballybronoge South, via the
townlands of Dooradoyle, Rootiagh, Barnakyle and Attyflin, all in the county
of Limerick.


GIVEN under my Official Seal,
2 July 2009
http://www.transport.ie/viewitem.asp...g=ENG&loc=2270

Just like that......Nice Another 200km's added with the swipe of a pen. August 28th is R - day.
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It is actually 300km's that will become Mway




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300km of roads to be assigned as motorways
OLIVIA KELLY


MOTORWAY STATUS is to be given to 19 new sections of road across 10 national routes from next month, including the first stretch of the controversial M3 that passes near the Hill of Tara.

The new motorways, which are primarily on the routes from Dublin to other major cities, will have their speed limit increased to 120km/h with a potential reduction in journey times by as much as an hour to cities such as Galway, Cork, Sligo and Limerick.

However, none of the upgraded roads will have service areas or toilets along their length, the National Roads Authority has said.

Almost 300km of national roads will become motorways under the redesignation.

On some roads only a short distance of less than 10km is achieving motorway status. In other areas more than 60km will become motorway.

Four of the 10 national roads will gain the status of full motorways as the sections to be redesignated next month are the only stretches of those roads which are not currently of motorway grade.

These are the N8 from Dublin to Cork, the N9 from Dublin to Waterford, the N7 from the Naas bypass to Limerick and the N18 from Oranmore to Limerick.

The N6 from Dublin to Galway will be almost a full motorway, apart from the 8km stretch of the Athlone bypass which is still under consideration for motorway designation.
Five other national roads will have motorway sections, but remain national roads for a substantial portion of their length.

From next month, the N2 Dublin to Derry road will have a 13km stretch from Kilshane to Ashbourne designated as motorway and the N4 Dublin to Sligo will have the 6.8km from Kinnegad to McNead’s Bridge of motorway.

Three sections of the N11 Dublin to Wexford road will also acquire motorway status – 8km from Ashford to Rathnew, the 7km Arklow bypass and 12km from Arklow to Gorey; while the N20 Cork to Limerick road will have a 5km stretch of motorway from Limerick to Attyflin.

The smallest sections of new motorway will be the first stretches of the M3 from Dublin to Cavan to be opened.

Currently under construction these road sections will be 2.1km from Littlepace to Loughsallagh and 2.3km from Loughsallagh to Pace.

While the routing of the M3 near the Hill of Tara in Co Meath is the source of ongoing protests by heritage and environmental campaigners, these particular sections are more than 20km away from the controversial Skreen Valley.

While the motorway designations come into force on August 28th, some of the sections are still under construction and will be opened from next year. They will not have motorway speed limits of 120km/h until this construction is completed.
Athlone Bypass may still become motorway. 300 extra km's at the stroke of a pen!
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Taking into account that some ten years ago there were few kms of motorways now Ireland is getting quite a cute network. How many kms of motorways/expressways are in the country?
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Taking into account that some ten years ago there were few kms of motorways now Ireland is getting quite a cute network. How many kms of motorways/expressways are in the country?
Since so many projects are still under construction it will be around 1000km by the end of next year when all the major schemes will be completed. Many are very near completion
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Thus you will get the density which is good for developed countries. In Slovakia we will probably have ca. 700 km around 2011.
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Since so many projects are still under construction it will be around 1000km by the end of next year when all the major schemes will be completed. Many are very near completion

But that's not the end of it - you have schemes like the M20, M11, 2nd ring for Dublin, Eastern Bypass, Cork Northern Ring etc - that will take it close to 1,500km's possibly whenever they are completed.

Ireland and the Eastern European countries have alot in common when it comes to road building at the present time it seems! 700km's by 2011 in Slovakia is very respectable indeed. Poland too is makiing massive strides and the other States are getting going now aswell with 1000's of km's on the way overall in the next decade.
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Another person on the SABRE website has calculated that the total length of motorway and dual-carriageway forming part of National Primary routes in the Republic of Ireland will be 1231 km by the end of 2010, assuming the Gort-Crusheen M18 scheme is open by then. There is also 235 km at an advanced stage of planning, these may be built, but there will be less building in the years to come for economic reasons.
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Another person on the SABRE website has calculated that the total length of motorway and dual-carriageway forming part of National Primary routes in the Republic of Ireland will be 1231 km by the end of 2010, assuming the Gort-Crusheen M18 scheme is open by then. There is also 235 km at an advanced stage of planning, these may be built, but there will be less building in the years to come for economic reasons.
Wow I didnt know it was that much. I think Gort-Crusheen should easily be completed for the end of next year, looking at progress at the moment it looks to be open maybe by August or September next year.

Fantastic aerial pictures posted previously of the M9, heres one I found on google of the N4 DC outside Sligo to add to that :

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The second last section of the M6 Galway-Dublin route opened to traffic for the first time today. The Ballinasloe-Athlone scheme came in on time and under budget also.

There is only one section left of M6 to complete of the Dublin-Galway route. It is the Galway-Ballinasloe section which should be completed at the end of this year early next year. It will be the first inter-urban to be completed also. The other routes M7,M8 and M9 will be completed later next year.

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The M6 Athlone to Ballinasloe national road project was officially opened today (23/07/2009) by An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen. The 19kms scheme came in on time and under budget. It has been declared a motorway by the Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey which will be enacted on the 28th of August 2009.

The scheme, which is located between the west end of the N6 Athlone Bypass and the existing N6 east of Ballinasloe, will:

Reduce off peak journey times by 6mins
Remove 12,300 vehicles from existing N6
Increase road safety for drivers
Improve traffic flow and reduce traffic congestion
Act as a stimulus for commercial and tourist activity
Improve internal road infrastructure between and with the regions
Performing the official opening An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, said:

"The opening of this new stretch of the Dublin to Galway motorway is welcome news for all who live, work or commute along this corridor. This particular road building scheme has been completed on time and below budget at a cost of €210 million. Even in these times of very significant financial constraint the Government is continuing to invest heavily in our national motorway programme because we know that it makes good sense to do so. This new road will shorten journey times, improve competitiveness, provide safer travel and remove 12,300 vehicles per day from the existing single carriageway.”


Peter Malone, Chairman of the National Roads Authority, said:

“The completion of the Athlone to Ballinasloe national road scheme is another step forward in bringing Dublin closer to the West. It will make a huge difference to people travelling between Dublin and Galway. Travel times between the two cities will be greatly reduced, road safety improved and access between the regions considerably enhanced. Drivers can now travel a distance of 138kms on world class roadway from Dublin to Ballinasloe, 123kms being motorway and only 15kms dual carriageway. The final link, the Ballinasloe to East Galway section, is on schedule for completion early next year. Such schemes will provide a much needed boost for national industrial and commercial sectors. Tourism will also benefit as tourists from home and abroad will enjoy a safer and shorter journey with certainty of travel time.”


The scheme, which involved the construction of 12 bridges and 4 roundabouts on link roads, was funded by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan 2007-2013 and part financed by the European Union.

The entire 19kms of the scheme runs through county Roscommon. The main contractors were SIAC/Wills JV.
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Heres some photos of that completed M6 section from Ballinasloe-Athlone

Photos by KevR @ boards.ie

Tonvey overbridge looking West:


Tonvey overbridge looking East:


Looking East towards the Tonvey overbridge:


Looking West from Shannonbridge overbridge.
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No landscaping worth talking about; surprise surprise.
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No landscaping worth talking about; surprise surprise.
I know, it's pretty horrible. I had to go to galway for work a few days ago, and it is rather ugly. I think the m4/m6 is probably the ugliest route in the country. However, I think it always was. No offence to anyone, this road definitely goes through the ugliest part of Ireland!
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It's been a few years since I was in Ireland (last visited in 2004) and it sure looks like huge changes in the roads since then! Are these new motorways toll-free, tolled, or a mix of both?
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It's been a few years since I was in Ireland (last visited in 2004) and it sure looks like huge changes in the roads since then! Are these new motorways toll-free, tolled, or a mix of both?
The M50 is tolled, but its a barrier-free toll. The e-flow, similar to the London Congestion system.

There is toll on the major motorways. M4 is tolled but M6 is not yet tolled upto Ballinasloe. Perhaps it will be when the motorway is finished all way upto Galway.

Here is the video I took on the above mentioned stretch; cross posting from the Ireland thread.

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The problem asthetically with the M6 is that it goes through a part of the country that becomes increasingly barren the further west you go. By the time you reach the end of the M6 at Galway - almost all the trees are gone and there is very little soil left from erosion. It's suited to minor roads that sort of landscape. Not quite motorways.
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Upgraded N4 section Eastbound toward M50 taken by KevR on boards.ie















Thanks to KevR, Tech2, Furet etc....
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