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Old February 3rd, 2008, 05:07 PM   #61
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when will they finish the N6 road?? do u know when will it arrive to athlone?

I´m sorry but irish roads are soooo bad. I hope they finish soon all the new ones.

Roads are something that all my spanish friends and me talk about when we arrived here in Ireland. We knew it was one the richest countries in europe and we find that there are bad roads, no good trains, etc. It was really shockin for me!
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Old February 3rd, 2008, 05:54 PM   #62
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It should be Dublin - Athlone motorway in a few months time. Im not sure of this exact date, but the last section Kilbeggan - Athlone is almost done.

Then the Galway - Ballinasloe and Ballinasloe to Athlone sections have to be finished, they'll be late 2009/2010 and you'll have the N6 all the way from Dublin - Galway. Then the Galway City Outer bypass, which will also be N6, will be started probably in 2011 or 2012. But thats just guesswork
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Old February 4th, 2008, 02:16 AM   #63
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thank you for the info, I´m really looking forward to have motorway between athlone and dublin!!
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Old February 4th, 2008, 02:53 AM   #64
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Although still nowhere near European standard our roads have vastly improved compared to what was there 10 to 15 years ago for example. Now our public transport

Whoever said about Ireland still looking poor it's no surprise. We just got rich recently and it takes time to build all this stuff. Also it'll take a generation for all the old folks running the show who are stuck in their old ways to be replaced by new people.
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Old February 8th, 2008, 12:36 AM   #65
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How is Ireland scoring in safety statistics?
Anyone have any data comparing accidents deaths on roads with other eruopean countries?
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Keep politics out of the roads forum.

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Old April 29th, 2008, 02:32 AM   #66
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Old May 19th, 2008, 11:03 PM   #67
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Old May 20th, 2008, 12:49 AM   #68
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Yeah they were gonna put 2+1 in but now they're calling this new lower-trafficed lower-grade DC "2+2". It wont have hard shoulders and will have roundabouts instead of GSJs.

Its basically for low trafficed roads with probably less than 10k traffic in most places. Loads of it will be built here soon.
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Old May 26th, 2008, 07:57 PM   #69
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The Carlow Bypass will be Officially opened on the afternoon of the 29th May 2008 by the Minister for Transport Mr. Noel Dempsey T.D.
The Minister for Transport Mr. Noel Dempsey T.D., will officially open the Carlow Bypass on the afternoon of the 29th May 2008.
Map -> http://www.nra.ie/RoadSchemeActivity...,14485,en.html


Heres a vid from Dublin to Kilkenny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-2YU2zC6xo

Watch for the motorway interchange at53sec and see how quickly the road goes to bits.

The bit where the car stops twice (I think) is where the bypass is.
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Old May 26th, 2008, 08:06 PM   #70
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Cool video
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Old May 27th, 2008, 08:29 PM   #71
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This is an interesting map showing the huge scale of road building at the moment in Ireland. Check out the number of dotted lines.

Its not 100% accurate, the Crusheen - Gort section of the N18 and the N25 New Ross bypass wont be started till next year at the earliest, but it gives an idea anyway.

http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/viamich...&y=17&ie=UTF-8
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Old May 29th, 2008, 12:54 AM   #72
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That's a huge construction!! When will all those marked motorways/expressways be completed?
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Old May 29th, 2008, 07:33 PM   #73
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The main ones (Dublin to Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Galway) are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010. Provided the roads program doesnt get hacked back too much, New Ross to Cork, Cork to Limerick, Limerick to Galway, Limerick to Waterford and some other bits should be done by 2015.

But thats a big ask with the economic toilet thats happening

M9 Carlow bypass opened today too

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The Carlow Bypass was officially opened today (Thursday 29th May 2008) by the Minister for Transport Mr. Noel Dempsey T.D.

The €216.5m bypass is the first section of the N9 Dublin to Waterford major inter-urban route to open to traffic. Work on the entire route is on schedule to open in 2010.

The new 18.5km bypass stretches from Prumplestown, south of Castledermot in County Kildare, passes to the east and south of Carlow Town as far as Powerstown.

The scheme, which commenced construction in July 2006, took 22 months to complete.

Performing the official opening Minister Dempsey said,

"The opening of the Carlow bypass today is very welcome news for the people of Carlow town and county. This new bypass will remove through traffic of over 9,000 vehicles a day from Carlow streets and will give the town back to locals. This new route around the town for all those whose business is elsewhere along the N9 will deliver journey time-savings of up to 30 minutes in peak time traffic. By delivering this bypass in time and on budget Government is achieving three important targets – removing through traffic, improving access to and from towns and villages in the area and, most importantly, improving road safety."

Connectivity within the region will be greatly enhanced by the Carlow Bypass because the scheme provides three new junctions; at Powerstown in Carlow to cater for N9 Waterford/Kilkenny traffic, at the Rathcrogue junction on the N80 to provide a crucial link between the N9 and the strategic N80 cross country national secondary route which runs from Wexford to Moate in County Westmeath and at Prumplestown in Kildare on the N9 to allow south bound traffic bypass Carlow Town.

Mr.Peter Malone, Chairman of the National Roads Authority commented at the official opening cermony,

“The opening of the Carlow Bypass marks the first stage of the N9 Dublin to Waterford major inter- urban to be completed and is indicative of the standard of national road that will serve the southeast into the future. The benefits of the Carlow Bypass locally will be immediate reducing travel times and congestion. On a national scale the new bypass will substantially improve access to the southeast region and will facilitate the safe and efficient movement of people and goods between the gateway city of Waterford and the hub towns of Kilkenny and Wexford identified in the National Spatial Strategy.

The Dublin to Waterford corridor is on target for completion to motorway standard by 2010 and this super- highway will enrich the business and social texture of the south and east region bringing communities closer and enhancing tourist potential while contributing to our economic competitiveness. High quality infrastructure also plays an important role in ensuring the diffusion of growth throughout the regions of Ireland and underpins the realisation of successful economic and social cohesion. The national road dimension of the Government’s Transport 21 Plan is on target and will deliver a key element in underpinning Ireland’s competitiveness.”


Kildare County Council managed the project on behalf of the National Roads Authority working in conjunction with Carlow County Council and the contractor Ascon Ltd.

The Carlow Bypass was funded by the Irish Government 2007 -2013 and part financed by the European Union.
Heres an interesting legal oddity. The Roads Bill 2007 gave them the ability to reclassify an N road as an M road. That happened with the N9, so the M9 Carlow bypass is opening as motorway, with all the restrictions that go along with it.

Heres the interesting bit. Documents were published saying "We propose to reclassify to motorway" for this route. But theres been no official confirmations that this has gone into law. So technically the motorway restrictions arent legal, meaning the road is still an N road in Irish law - 100kmh speed limit and NO restriction on what can use it.

So is this the only signed motorway in the world that tractors, pedestrians and cyclists can walk down?
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Old May 29th, 2008, 09:30 PM   #74
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Cyclists may also drive on Australian and US motorways and some states' Interstates too (but just on hard shoulders, I guess). More about this.





Anyway, the Irish plans are very ambitious!
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Old May 31st, 2008, 10:04 PM   #75
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Mystery solved

All the signs that have to do with a motorway (restrictions, chopsticks etc) have been covered up, with 100kmh signs everywhere. The blue motorway direction signs are still there, thats fine, everyone can read a blue sign. But its officially an N road, non motorway, until the laws go through!
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Old July 17th, 2008, 05:11 AM   #76
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The M6 motorway to Athlone was officially opened yesterday.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 05:31 AM   #77
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Is there ever any bad congestion in the smaller cities of Ireland?
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Old July 17th, 2008, 02:33 PM   #78
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Congestion is usual in almost all large Irish towns.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 04:13 PM   #79
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Yeah, a bit of through traffic can jam up a small town real bad.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 04:22 PM   #80
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Its the main route between Dublin and Galway so your going to get bottlenecks if motorways suddenly turn into two lane roads and have to go through towns. The bottleneck has merely been moved up the road beyond Athlone. Until 2010 the bottlenecks will still be there.
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