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Old December 2nd, 2010, 01:29 AM   #801
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M50 in the snow

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Some pics of J7 of the M50 in the snow this evening...

1. Here's a view looking southwest from the northeastern corner of the interchange.
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2. Swinging the camera around to the right, looking towards the West Link bridges.
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3. From the northwestern corner of the interchange, looking southeast.
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4. Turning the camera right (south) a bit to take in the N4 east to M50 north slip road.
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5. A view of the footbridge these pics were taken from, which is located just to the north of the interchange.
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6. Looking north from the footbridge, the two West Link bridges are visible. The original 1990 one on the left, the new 2003 one on the right.
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7. The view south, from the same location.
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8. Moving over to the Liffey Valley shopping centre immediately west of the junction, here's a view of the N4 looking west.
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9. From the same location, a view of the N4 inbound just before the M50 interchange.
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 09:23 AM   #802
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Sweet How did traffic react on the snowfall? Here on the mainland it was absolute terror in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Poland etc.
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 12:37 PM   #803
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Sweet How did traffic react on the snowfall? Here on the mainland it was absolute terror in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Poland etc.
Long delays on many routes across the country, and the M9 has been shut in a couple of places for periods this week due to jack-knifed trucks. Dublin buses stopped running at 20.00 yesterday, but the trains and trams kept going (with delays)!

Overall though, I think things went a bit better than the snows back in January. Maybe Irish people are starting to get used to these things now!

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Old December 2nd, 2010, 07:01 PM   #804
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It looks swanky covered in snow!
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 07:34 PM   #805
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What about motorway M7? Is it in operation in total distance or some stretchs still u/c?
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 11:52 PM   #806
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What about motorway M7? Is it in operation in total distance or some stretchs still u/c?
There's still 36km of the M7 u/c, but it's due to open real soon now.

This link here has info.

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Old December 3rd, 2010, 12:45 AM   #807
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I'm sick of the snow already, expected to get to -11 tonight, great photos.
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Old December 4th, 2010, 04:50 AM   #808
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As the freeze continues check this out of the M9 motorway in bad snow shape





And a great pic in the Irish Times from the M9

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Old December 5th, 2010, 11:26 PM   #809
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Dept. of Transport's 4 year plan on roads was released last week:

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What road projects will proceed in 2011?

· NRA will go ahead with the planned 2011 starts and have adequate money for rehabilitation and minor works.
· Starts include Belturbet / N5 Longford/ Tralee bypasses and the Cork Southern Ring Road junctions.
· Two PPP projects will also start in 2011 - the M17/18 Gort – Tuam PPP and M11/Newlands Cross PPP bypasses.
· Purchase of land for service areas and expressions of interest from developers


What roads projects are planned after 2011?

· There will be no major schemes starting in 2012 or 2013.
· Possibility of commencing construction of N14 Lifford/Letterkenny.
· The following high priority schemes will proceed as funding becomes available and planning permission is granted: N5 Ballaghadreen bypass, the N4 Downes grade separation, the N2 Slane bypass, the N22 Macroom to Ballyvourney, the N8/N25 Dunkettle roundabout.
· The Enniscorthy/ New Ross bypasses PPP may restart the procurement process when there is further insight into 2015 and 2016 funding plans.
· Rehabilitation and minor works will be curtailed in 2013 and 2014, to the extent necessary to balance the budget, but will be increased again in 2015 (even if the overall budget stays very low). This will be necessary to protect existing investment.

What are the plans re tolling?

The Minister has received a report from the NRA with a range of options for tolling. He is examining this report at present and will shortly respond to NRA. If a decision is taken to approve additional tolling any revenue will be used to further improve the road network. The earliest date for introduction of new tolls would be late 2012.
http://www.transport.ie/pressRelease.aspx?Id=257
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Old December 7th, 2010, 01:43 AM   #810
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A drive in the snow

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Some photos taken yesterday, in two batches:

1. A trip joining the M50 at J7 and heading south onto the N11 past Bray.
2. Some pics of the snow in the Wicklow Mountains.

Here's the key map for part 1:
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1. We're on the R110, the Naas Road, which becomes the N7 west of the M50 at the infamous Red Cow interchange. The Luas (tram) Red line runs down the central reservation on the right.
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IMG_7277 by csd75, on Flickr

2. Icy roads! Although the worst of the snow was on Thursday last, a lot of it was still hanging around by Sunday.
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3. The Red Cow interchange is junction 7 on the M50 or junction 1 of the N7. It was substatially rebuilt from a simple grade-separated roundabout with traffic signal control to a partially free-flowing interchange as part of the M50 upgrade works. Traffic on the R110 outbound must still face these lights, but all other movements are freeflow. We're going to head left.
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4. A U-turn facility is provided for traffic wishing to head back into the city centre. This lane utilises the former trackbed of the tram line, which was relocated to the north of the junction on a new bridge as part of the upgrade works.
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IMG_7282 by csd75, on Flickr

5. On the M50 mainline now, the sun was shining into the lens for most of the trip south!
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IMG_7284 by csd75, on Flickr

6. These VMSs have recently been commissioned on the M50, and are being extended to the main approaches to the city outside the M50 ring.
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IMG_7285 by csd75, on Flickr

7. Approaching J11.
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8. The merge after J12. The M50 loses it auxiliary lane here and reverts to a standard D3M profile from here to J14.
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9. Between J12 and J13, Dublin Mountains in the distance.
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10. Between J12 and J13.
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11. Approaching J13. This section is quite twisty, and even before the widening scheme was subject to a 100 km/h limit (the rest of the M50 was 120).
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12. These new electronic signs are quite clear.
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13. Exit 13.
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14. Between exits 13 and 14.
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15. Warning - lane drop at exit 14! Exits 13 and 14 overlap, so pay attention to the signs.
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16. Between J14 and 15, the new VMSs haven't been commissioned yet.
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17. Exit 15 is for Leopardstown race course.
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18. Approaching J15, a tram is visible on the overbridge that takes the recently-opened extension to the Luas Green line across the M50.
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19. J18 is built in the middle of development land that may never now get developed.
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20. Route confirmation at J18.
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21. The viaduct that carries the M50 over Brides Glen. Ready for widening to D3.
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22. Close to the southern terminus of the M50, you'll find the only distance sign on the entire motorway.
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23. Advance warning of the M11's merge.
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24. Overhead is the flyover that takes the M11 northbound over the M50, directly ahead is the merge with the M11 southbound. M50 ends here.
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...continues along the M11/N11...
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Old December 7th, 2010, 02:00 AM   #811
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M11/N11/R755

...continued from previous post...

25. One of Ireland's early motorways, this short section of the M11 opened in 1991 as a simple 2x2 motorway with a single intermediate junction. The opening of the final section of the M50 in 2005 co-incided with a widening of the section between the latter and the intermediate junction to D3. The VMS here hasn't been commissioned yet.
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26. The D3 section is only about 2km long, and there's a lane drop at the Bray North exit.
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27. Route confirmation sign after Bray North.
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28. Approaching the end of the M11, 1991-era signage still present.
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29. New gantry signage is being erected on the northbound carriageway.
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30. At the southern end, the M11 runs straight into the N11 and the speed limit drops to 100 km/h. We're now in County Wicklow, and the Sugarloaf mountain is visible on the horizon.
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31. The N11 is D2 from here to just southwest of Wicklow town, after which there's a gap before the M11 picks up again just north of Arklow. Construction to close this gap is supposed to start in 2011 as a PPP project.
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32. A victim of the current icy spell!
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33. The Sugarloaf looms larger as we approach the exit for Kilmacanogue, where we'll be leaving the N11 and taking the R755.
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IMG_7342 by csd75, on Flickr

34. The R755 is an important route for tourist and leisure traffic accessing the Wicklow Mountains from Dublin. Most of it is narrow and twisty like this!
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Old December 7th, 2010, 02:11 AM   #812
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Mountain roads

Further south, between Laragh and Glenmalure, here are some photos on unclassified roads in the mountains. These haven't been cleared and were only accessable using 4x4s and tractors. My little Subaru just about made it!

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1. These first few shots start at the Shay Elliot memorial, which lies at the high point of the unclassified road between Laragh and Glenmalure. The summit in the middle distance is the 455 metre high Carriglineen Mountain.
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2. Ski tracks and a good advert for Subaru This much snow this early in the winter is very unusual for Ireland.
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3. Moving towards Glenmalure, there isn't much road visible!
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4. More ski tracks, with Corrigasleggaun mountain in the distance.
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5. I was lucky I didn't meet any other traffic on this road...
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6. Down on the floor of Glenmalure valley, the scenery is almost alpine.
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Old December 15th, 2010, 03:55 AM   #813
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great shots of wicklow.


have cycled the shay elliott many a time. even cycled over it before in snow but not as bad as this.



ye did well to get through

who is goin to do newlands cross ? it was rumoured to be whoever did the arklow ratnew road before but i haven't heard anymore about it
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Old December 21st, 2010, 10:31 PM   #814
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Chaos on the M50 last night:

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Old December 21st, 2010, 10:37 PM   #815
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Wow what a madness on the roads there.
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Old December 21st, 2010, 10:46 PM   #816
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The M50 this evening is still like a car park, vehicles are not moving anywhere, what a crazy day,
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Old December 21st, 2010, 10:52 PM   #817
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The official weather forecasters Met Éireann hadn't predicted any serious snow for Dublin yesterday, there was a sudden heavy shower at about 19.30 for about 2 hours so they were caught unprepared.

Apparently the salt supplies are running really low as well even though they increased them after last year's unusual cold spell. You can't really win though if they'd stockpiled a huge amount and there was no snow, there would be uproar. And it's important to remember over most of the past decade there was normally barely 3 days when it would snow in the year. The usual mean temperature in December is 6°C or something, it's barely made that once this time.

Some traffic cams http://www.dublincity.ie/dublintraffic/

The NRA has weather stations too http://www.nratraffic.ie/weather/default.asp
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Yeah I know, at around half 12 this afternoon it was around -9 degrees, I dunno if that was official but that's what it said on the phone. We should buy as much salt as we can in January, and even if it doesn't snow next year, we'll have it for the year after.
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Old December 21st, 2010, 11:04 PM   #819
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Yeah no excuses next time, this is the second really cold winter in a row. We might have to start getting used to it. And there I was thinking that "what's the difference between Ireland and Iceland" joke was about the economy.
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Old December 21st, 2010, 11:10 PM   #820
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Yeah we really have to start getting used to it, our winters are gonna be getting colder from now on, no excuses about grit or salt anymore, the snow is up to my shins around my house.
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