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Old December 22nd, 2010, 12:06 AM   #821
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Throwing some grit onto all that snow wont make a blind bit of difference. They need to get one or two snowploughs out.

Part of the problem here is that local authorities are refusing, or arent able, to pay the overtime required to man the grit trucks at night.
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 12:42 AM   #822
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Throwing some grit onto all that snow wont make a blind bit of difference. They need to get one or two snowploughs out.

Part of the problem here is that local authorities are refusing, or arent able, to pay the overtime required to man the grit trucks at night.
Looking at the video on the bottom of page 41, it appears there is little or no maintenance carried out on clearing the snow from that highway. In any case, local municipalities should contract the maintenance to private companies that can do the work at a lower price. Tire Chains would be helpful in depths like that.
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 01:11 AM   #823
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Looking at the video on the bottom of page 41, it appears there is little or no maintenance carried out on clearing the snow from that highway. In any case, local municipalities should contract the maintenance to private companies that can do the work at a lower price. Tire Chains would be helpful in depths like that.
Maintenance of this section is contracted out to a private company!

http://www.m50.ie/

Chains would be useful, but you'd only get to use them one winter in every 10 in Ireland (normally).

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Old December 22nd, 2010, 01:09 PM   #824
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Maintenance of this section is contracted out to a private company!

http://www.m50.ie/

Chains would be useful, but you'd only get to use them one winter in every 10 in Ireland (normally).

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Don't be offended. They appear not to be doing enough runs at regular intervals. Such a response requires frequent snow ploughing at least every 2 hours.
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 10:31 PM   #825
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Final section of M7 opens

The final section of the M7 opened to motorists today.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for today was cancelled because of the continuing cold snap, but the road is now fully operational.

The section will see journey times from Dublin to Limerick reduced by up to 10 minutes.

Courtesy: http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/f...ns-486668.html
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 10:37 PM   #826
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Don't be offended. They appear not to be doing enough runs at regular intervals. Such a response requires frequent snow ploughing at least every 2 hours.
Snowploughs aren't exactly common in Europe
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 10:44 PM   #827
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That is great news! Are there accurate estimates of the Irish motorway network length? It should be around 1.000 kilometers now.
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 10:52 PM   #828
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How is the standard now from Dublin to Shannon Airport now? Is it at least dual carriageway all the way now from Dublin to Shannon Airport?
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 11:43 PM   #829
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That is great news! Are there accurate estimates of the Irish motorway network length? It should be around 1.000 kilometers now.
Google maps is giving me about 885 km right now. Wikipedia seems to have a higher figure but that might just be that other non-motorway parts of the construction were included in that road's figure. Either that or I'm missing something.

Anyway it's a pretty impressive figure and with the M17/M18 to start next year it'll keep getting better. The obvious missing link is the Cork-Limerick M20 now, hopefully the next government will prioritise it.
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How is the standard now from Dublin to Shannon Airport now? Is it at least dual carriageway all the way now from Dublin to Shannon Airport?
Even better, you can drive on DC from somewhere west of Belfast in Northern Ireland to (beyond) Shannon. Although there is 1 set of traffic lights on the N7 which is set to be removed.
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 04:58 PM   #830
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The figure that I get is 896.5 km (+- 2%) of length for all the M routes combined:
http://cmap.m-plex.com/stat/travsyst...ort=pd&du=km#t

Among European countries, this puts Ireland M routes just below the Croatian A routes and just above the Polish A routes.
http://cmap.m-plex.com/stat/allsyste...u=km&sort=td#t
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 06:04 PM   #831
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How is the standard now from Dublin to Shannon Airport now? Is it at least dual carriageway all the way now from Dublin to Shannon Airport?
Yes, the almost the entire journey is motorway or motorway standard, with just a small section of normal dual carriageway between Limerick and Ennis on the N18. Either way, the only time you'll need to stop are for toll booths on the Shannon Tunnel and south of Portlaoise. Everything else is free-flow until you get to Newlands Cross just outside the M50 in Dublin.

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Old December 24th, 2010, 01:31 AM   #832
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More snow pics!

Folks,

Well you've seen junctions 6 and 8, so here are some shots from M50 junction 9. They're taken on the western side of the N7/M50 junction, the famous Red Cow interchange. Lots of snow tonight -- I wanted to get more shots from the footbridge on the eastern (R110) side of the junction, but the snow was just too heavy.

The first four photos were taken just before 19.00 this evening, where there would normally be a tailback on the outbound (westbound) carriageways all the way back beyond the "hump" visible on the right-hand side of photo 2. Traffic was much lighter today as everyone had left earlier to avoid Dublin's biggest dumping of snow in a generation! Heading inbound later on (at 22.00), the tarmac was no longer visible: all carriageways were white with snow (see photo 5).

1. This is taken from the Luas (tram) car park, looking west.
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2. Moving up onto the bridge visible in the last shot, which carries the L1019 local road across the N7 mainline, here's the view looking east towards the M50 and R110.
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2a. Here's the view (with a slightly longer lens) taken exactly four years ago from the pedestrian bridge that used to stand on this spot. The M50 upgrade works had just started their preparatory phase when this shot was taken, and you can see the southern end of the grade-separated roundabout that used be the feature of so many traffic reports warning of congestion!
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3. Here's a view across the junction from a position further south. The snow was really quite heavy at this point!
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4. Crossing to the other side of the bridge, here's the view looking west. Just out of sight is Newlands Cross, an at-grade traffic signal-controlled junction that is due to be grade separated. Construction work is supposed to start in 2011, but we shall see if anyone can raise the finance to fund this PPP project. Newlands Cross is the last set of traffic lights on the N7 that a driver will meet until they reach Limerick (or Cork, or Waterford).
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4a. Here's the December 2006 view of the scene above.
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5. This was the view approaching the gantry seen in the distance in photo 4 a few hours later.
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Old December 30th, 2010, 07:56 PM   #833
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The figure that I get is 896.5 km (+- 2%) of length for all the M routes combined:
http://cmap.m-plex.com/stat/travsyst...ort=pd&du=km#t

Among European countries, this puts Ireland M routes just below the Croatian A routes and just above the Polish A routes.
http://cmap.m-plex.com/stat/allsyste...u=km&sort=td#t
I've done some digging on the NRA site and it's giving me a total of 909.6 km of motorway right now. Fixed a few things on the Google map and it comes to 904 km so close enough (of course I'm relying on the actual original google map route being correct - just not the right colour - so it might be a little off ).

The 909.6 km comes from the NRA reporting 662.6 km of motorway in Ireland by end 2009 (here) and adding up the motorway schemes completed in 2010 comes to 247 km (including the M18 which was finished early).

I think that there is well over 1000 km of motorway standard road, even if it's not officially motorway and the difference on Wikipedia is probably from press releases counting HQDC as motorway. For example the Naas bypass would add an extra 20km to the M7 etc. Whatever it is it's a big improvement and at least one lasting legacy from the boom.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 06:56 PM   #834
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Summary of 2010

Folks,

Here's a summary of motorway and dual carriageway completions in 2010 in Ireland.

Status at 01.01.2010: 662 km motorway, 260 km dual carriageway
Completions in 2010: 223 km motorway, 13 km dual carriageway
Status at 01.01.2011: 885 km motorway, 273 km dual carriageway

Completed schemes that added new lengths in 2010 (excludes widenings):

22.03 M9 24km Waterford - Knocktopher
28.05 M7/8 41km Portlaoise - Cullahil/Castletown
03.06 M3 60km Clonee - Kells
17.06 N18 10km Limerick Tunnel
09.09 M9 40km Carlow - Knocktopher
21.10 N21 3 km Castleisland
12.11 M18 22km Gort - Crusheen
22.12 M7 36km Castletown - Nenagh


Of the 5,443 km national route network (as opposed to local or regional routes), 16% is now motorway. However, for this first time in probably over a decade, there are now currently no motorways under construction in the State. This will be the case until either the M11 or M17/M18 PPP projects kick off later this year some time.

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Old January 7th, 2011, 03:59 AM   #835
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The final section of the M7 opened to motorists today.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for today was cancelled because of the continuing cold snap, but the road is now fully operational.

The section will see journey times from Dublin to Limerick reduced by up to 10 minutes.

Courtesy: http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/f...ns-486668.html
Any photos of the A5 in Derry? I believe there is an upgrade in progress.
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Old January 8th, 2011, 12:46 AM   #836
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That would go in the UK thread I think, that's why they changed the name of the thread from my ambiguous "Irish Roads" to "Republic of Ireland"
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Old January 8th, 2011, 12:55 AM   #837
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The upgrade isn't really photo-worthy either - they've just got a prelimary route - no construction for a while.

A lot of the money is coming from the Republic.
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Old January 9th, 2011, 01:24 AM   #838
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Snowploughs aren't exactly common in Europe
Snow ploughs are used in Ireland, like below at the start of December. But they could pass by more often!



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Any photos of the A5 in Derry? I believe there is an upgrade in progress.
There is an upgrade planned. This is unlikely to proceed in the immediate future in the current financial environment

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that's why they changed the name of the thread from my ambiguous "Irish Roads" to "Republic of Ireland"
Instead of having a simple thread for roads on an island, the moderators wanted to impose their political persepective, without reference to the opinion of the most of the people on the thread. Isn't power wonderful.
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Old January 9th, 2011, 01:33 AM   #839
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The thing is, is that I had the Republic in mind, but I didn't want to offend anyone, and that Northern Irish roads could be discussed either here or in the UK thread with no political implications.


Anyhow, how did the Irish road network cope with the snow?
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Old January 9th, 2011, 11:56 PM   #840
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M7 J19 to J24

M7 junctions 19 to 24

This is the first of a two-part trip down the M7. All photos were taken today, and it includes coverage of Ireland's last motorway to open, the M7 Castletown to Nenagh scheme. This will hold the accolade of 'newest motorway' for some years to come now, since there for the first time in a long time (a decade?), there are currently no new motorways under construction in the Republic.

First the key map. Google incorrectly shows the M7 as N7 from Nenagh onwards, but the route is classified as motorway from Naas all the way to Limerick.

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1. Approaching J19, which is where the M8 to Cork diverges, there are a number of overhead gantries and a VMS. There isn't really any excuse for missing the turnoff for Cork!
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2. The diverge itself. This is a limited access junction, only routes to/from Dublin are catered for. You can't go from the M8 northbound to M7 westbound, or M7 eastbound to M8 southbound.
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3. The M8 diverge, as seen from the M7. The M8 northbound carriageway passes under the M7 mainline before merging.
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4. 95 km to Limerick city.
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5. This section of the motorway is tolled (€1.80 for cars), and is the only tolled section on the entire N7/M7 route between Dublin and Limerick.
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6. Approaching the end of the tolled section. There is no exit 20.
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7. End of the M7 Portlaoise - Castletown scheme. Up until December 22nd, the motorway ended here before restarting again at Nenagh. The M7 Castletown - Nenagh scheme opened then.
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8. The newest section of motorway in Ireland starts here.
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9. It's not such a long way to Tipperary anymore
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10. Removable section of centre barrier, presumably to allow for contraflows during bridge works.
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11. Oh deer!
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12. Rolling north Tipperary countryside.
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13. 'Authorised vehicles only' - I guess these can be used for inspections etc.
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14. Approaching J22, we see these usual advance direction signs for a motorway in Ireland. The reason for the arm being at 90 degrees will become apparent!
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15. Yep, that's an awfully tight turn for a motorway exit!
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16. Getting closer to Limerick.
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17. This part of the country got some snow on Friday.
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18. Crossing another county border.
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19. Quite steep and twisty here.
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20. Exit 23, another compact LILO (Left-in, Left-out) grade-separted junction. There have been a few crashes at these already as people aren't expecting such a sharp angle at the exit. Moneygall was home to some of Barack Obama's ancestors.
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21. Onwards to Limerick.
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22. Approaching J24, the final exit on the Castletown - Nenagh scheme.
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23. This bridge formerly spanned a single carriagway two-lane road, the Nenagh bypass, which was upgraded to motorway standard using the existing land reservation. This is the end of the Castletown - Nenagh scheme.
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to be continued...
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