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Old November 18th, 2009, 03:43 AM   #441
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Early completion for M4/M6

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THE FIRST of the State's new inter-urban motorways, the 194km M4/M6 route from Dublin to Galway, has been completed six months ahead of deadline and is on schedule to open before the end of the year.

The final stretch of the €427m motorway, which runs 56km from Ballinasloe to Galway, was finished in the last 10 days and notices placed in national newspapers this week announced the toll scheme on the route would go live from December 13.
The road is the first of the inter-urban motorways between Dublin and regional cities, announced by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 1999, to be completed. Motorways between Dublin and Limerick, Cork and Waterford are scheduled to open next year.

The development of the M4/M6 brings Dublin's M50 within two hours of the outskirts of Galway city, when travelling at 100km/h.

A toll plaza close to Cappataggle village will charge €1.90 for cars to use the Galway to Ballinasloe road. This is the second toll on the Dublin to Galway route after the M4 toll at Enfield. The total cost for a car on the Dublin to Galway stretch will be €4.80.

A spokesman for the National Roads Authority confirmed construction was completed but refused to confirm a formal date for the opening, saying safety certification and a formal hand-over would take a few weeks.

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Map of scheme on this document (last map)

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Old November 20th, 2009, 08:20 PM   #442
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The new M6 is expected to open temporarily today.
This is because of floods, the old N6 road looks like this



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Old November 21st, 2009, 01:10 PM   #443
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Parts of the M6 have opened with a 50kmh speed limit and garda escorts to let people actually get out of Galway, which was cut off from the north, east and south by flooding.

The current state of the motorway is on Openstreetmap http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=53...layers=B000FTF.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 04:50 PM   #444
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I think the new motorway has been closed now? The flooding will probrably put back opening a few weeks.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 07:59 PM   #445
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Still open at the moment, they're keeping it 'under review'.
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Old November 26th, 2009, 01:07 AM   #446
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The M6 temporary opening(for flooding on the N6) will close again at midnight as the N6 is now passable again at Ballinasloe.

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Travel Conditions on National Roads

Last Updated: 17.00hrs, Wednesday 25 November, 2009

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M6 Galway to Loughrea will remain open on a temporary basis until midnight tonight (25th November) following which traffic will revert to using the existing N6
http://nra.ie/News/PressReleases/htmltext,16920,en.html




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Old November 26th, 2009, 11:56 PM   #447
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Does anyone know if there are any plans to install more lay-bys on roads in Ireland? I occasionally see one but they appear to be a rarity on the National routes.
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Old November 29th, 2009, 03:13 AM   #448
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Does anyone know if there are any plans to install more lay-bys on roads in Ireland? I occasionally see one but they appear to be a rarity on the National routes.

Theres a wide shoulder lane you can use if you feel the need to stop. Use it like any other driver.
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Old November 29th, 2009, 05:37 PM   #449
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Theres a wide shoulder lane you can use if you feel the need to stop. Use it like any other driver.
that's hardly the same, or in any way safe for stopping for a rest etc.

And what about on the motorways - it's illegal there and quite right too. parking on the hard shoulders of motorways is asking for an accident.
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Old November 29th, 2009, 08:28 PM   #450
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that's hardly the same, or in any way safe for stopping for a rest etc.

And what about on the motorways - it's illegal there and quite right too. parking on the hard shoulders of motorways is asking for an accident.
Never realized Laybys on Highways were allowed. Usually, people would stop on the shoulder.

The national routes in ireland have wide shoulders and also the adjacent traffic lane is usually wider than most roads I've seen in uk. Laybys are often used as a dumping ground too.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 12:38 AM   #451
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Never realized Laybys on Highways were allowed. Usually, people would stop on the shoulder.

The national routes in ireland have wide shoulders and also the adjacent traffic lane is usually wider than most roads I've seen in uk. Laybys are often used as a dumping ground too.
Well it would be service station rest areas for motorways, as as I've stated people can't simply pull over on a motorway unless for emergencies.

But as for laybys on the rest of the non-motorway routes - 'N' routes primarly, there is definitely a lack of parking/rest stops. Hard shoulders are not designed for people to park on for a snack/sleep etc. I'm not comparing to the UK but rather noting the lack of anywhere safe for people to pull over for a while.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 02:09 AM   #452
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The National Roads Authority which manages the network is rolling out service stations on all the motorway routes. 3 started construction last month - 2 on the M1 and 1 on the M4.


The rest are awaiting approval.


They will have full facilities for truckers and cars, restaurants etc...until all are built we will have to make do for the time being.
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Niterider, on the new motorways that were recently completed there is some rest areas/laybys constructed as there is no MSA's along the stretch to stop.

There is photos of some of them either on here or boards.ie
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The National Roads Authority which manages the network is rolling out service stations on all the motorway routes. 3 started construction last month - 2 on the M1 and 1 on the M4.


The rest are awaiting approval.


They will have full facilities for truckers and cars, restaurants etc...until all are built we will have to make do for the time being.
I know you're gonna hate me for saying this, but "The Rest" have been put on indefinate hold as there is no money to build them.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 11:25 PM   #455
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Sounds good (whenever they get built). It's the little things that add up to improve the experience of the new network.
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Old December 1st, 2009, 07:11 PM   #456
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NEWRY BYPASS

Map of a section under construction
http://roadimprovements.roadsni.gov...._cloghogue.pdf

Information about junctions
http://applications.drdni.gov.uk/pub...sp?docid=14394


We start from Belfast direction to Dublin

Sheepbridge Junction























Bridge over Newry River and Tandragee Road A27
















Carnbane Junction














Bridge over Bessbrook River







Craigmore Viaduct







Camlough Road Junction


















Next part will be soon
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Oh dear me!
Somebody had too much Guinness to drink while spelling Downpatrick.


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Oh dear me!
Somebody had too much Guinness to drink while spelling Downpatrick.


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More like John Smiths or the english equivalent.
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People will note the Craigmore Viaduct in the background, built in 1852 and one of the finer pieces of 19th century Irish railway engineering, altogether more graceful than the modern bridges.
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Old December 6th, 2009, 01:40 AM   #460
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Pics of M9 tie in with existing Motorway at Kilcullen (J2) by Rameire on boards.ie






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The scheme, which is 28km long, should open in the next 2 weeks.

Map http://www.nra.ie/RoadSchemeActivity...p,16515,en.pdf
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