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Old August 30th, 2009, 04:19 PM   #361
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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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Old August 30th, 2009, 10:40 PM   #362
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interesting. So this map is outdated?
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Old August 30th, 2009, 10:52 PM   #363
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I suppose it is, Irish roads are developing quite fast, quite reverse to British where new editions of map are all same
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Old August 31st, 2009, 12:34 AM   #364
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Chriswolle that map is way out of date at this stage by a good few years. Google maps are so slow to update.




Here is the latest printed Atlas map (only southern half)

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But the redesignated sections and some routes U/C are not included there

That is the problem with Ireland - it is impossible to get an up to date map! If I was a tourist I would be pulling my hair out...


This map shows how things will stand by the end of 2010 though.

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Old September 1st, 2009, 05:16 PM   #365
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This map shows how things will stand by the end of 2010 though.

Wow you can see big difference in motorway density between southern and northern half of the country.
Southern half is getting almost as dense as Germany
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 11:05 AM   #366
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Chris, the most up to date map online for Irelands current road network is osm

http://www.openstreetmap.org/
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Old September 11th, 2009, 08:35 PM   #367
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Who wants to see some traffic

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

When finished the M50 will be 8 lanes between junctions and 6 under them.
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Old September 13th, 2009, 04:34 AM   #368
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Who wants to see some traffic

M50 at Ballymun (M50 traffic management) looking eastbound.
Where exactly is this Ballymun? Is it village? Town?
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Old September 14th, 2009, 06:20 PM   #369
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Hi. Is it countinous motorway from Dublin to Cork?
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No. There is still a 20km gap between Portlaoise and Culahill, which will be filled by the end of 2010.

http://www.nra.ie/RoadSchemeActivity...p,16479,en.pdf

Not all of the route is motorway, about 20km on the Dublin end and 5km on the Cork end are dual carriageway. There is also Newlands Cross in Dublin which is a signal controlled junction.
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Old September 16th, 2009, 12:56 PM   #371
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Where exactly is this Ballymun? Is it village? Town?
Ballymun is a district of Dublin near Junction 3 of the M50, i.e. the M50 starts on the Northside at the M1 and travelling anti-clockwise the first junction is J3. Ballymun is a poorer suburb and has been used as a background in Irish films. It is now famous for its recently opened Ikea shop, which is a significant cause of traffic on the M50.


Aerial view of M3 under construction


from this newspaper article
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...254649436.html
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Old September 18th, 2009, 12:09 AM   #372
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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!
Big changes are under way in the road infrastructure. Why is the M6 so deserted? However, I don't find the landscape ugly.
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I've never driven in Ireland, but Ireland's highways are very unique, in the sense that they appear to be a hybrid of European and US (or new world) highways. Visually, they look like US highways, but with signage that is a mixture of European / new world. This Youtube clip illustrates my point perfectly:



In this case, if it weren't for the fact that the cars were driving on the left, I'd mistake this for a US Interstate (even the gantries are more like US gantries than European ones, along with the concrete central reservation and new world signage).

Very nice highways...hope to get the chance to drive on them soon, because Ireland already has such a great motorway network for such a relatively sparsely populated country with only one land border.
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If you do come over just wait till 2010 or later so the gaps are filled!




Some pics of M8 Dublin - Cork route 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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A new service station under construction on the same route

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The junction 8 northbound offslip is under construction, shown here:


The site itself is very unadvanced:



Some restrictions on the southbound carriageway:
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New signage for JL tunnel in Cork.

Thanks to Furet.
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If you do come over just wait till 2010 or later so the gaps are filled!
Some pics of M8 Dublin - Cork route by Furet
I still get a little dizzy looking at this mirror image motorway traffic!
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I still get a little dizzy looking at this mirror image motorway traffic!

Perhaps that's because you are not in the right thread.
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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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Nice.

How's Ireland doing with the recession, and it's impact on motorway construction in particular? I thought Ireland was one of the hardest hit countries in Europe.
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