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Old February 24th, 2011, 04:41 PM   #881
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Doesn't Ireland have reserves to finance these new schemes? If I am wrong, apologies.
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Old February 25th, 2011, 09:53 PM   #882
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Doesn't Ireland have reserves to finance these new schemes? If I am wrong, apologies.
Yes it does. But they won't put all of that into roads. They may put very little of it into roads. They are talking about better broadband, new water infrastructure and things like that.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 05:44 AM   #883
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Confusion over latest delay in Tuam-Gort motorway
By TOM GILMORE

AS a definite date has still not been given for the commencement of work on the long awaited Tuam-Gort motorway, the M17, there is confusion over the reasons why the project, which was expected to have started by now, remains stalled.

The economic growth of Tuam and hundreds of potential construction jobs on the route could be put in jeopardy if the project did not go ahead as expected this year.

While all sides involved have been anxious to say that they are committed to the project going ahead, confusion has arisen regarding the latest delay. The possibility has now emerged that the National Roads Authority (NRA) may be in talks with the second preferred tender, should the favoured tender, the international Balfour Beatty consortium not go ahead with the work.

The construction of the 57-kilometere route will lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs in this area, as the overall cost of the project is estimated at between €300,000,000 and €500,000,000

A source at the NRA’s office in Galway said that the organisation was now in contact with the second-favoured bidder, the Irish company Direct Route, regarding doing the work, if the Balfour Beatty group don’t sign the contract.
But when contacted by the Tuam Herald regarding the present situation, Sean O’Neill of the NRA’s head office in Dublin said the reason for the delay was due to questions over Ireland’s sovereign debt situation.

According to the statement the authority “can confirm that it is committed to the projects and to attaining financial close”. But the NRA admits that there has been a delay in the tender process for the scheme.

“This delay has arisen due to concerns, on the part of the funding banks, relating to the sovereign debt situation in Ireland and these concerns have impacted on the timing of progressing to financial close.

“The Authority will continue to monitor the situation with the objective of progressing to contract award at the earliest possible time,” states Sean O’ Neill of the NRA.

Fears about the project were heightened when a front-page story in The Sunday Business Post stated that the delay regarding the largest capital investment project in Ireland was because of this country’s sovereign debt situation.

But a spokesperson for Galway Co Council said the local authority expects that work on the motorway will start later this year.

“We welcome the latest statement by the NRA, which clearly states that they are committed to completing the project,” said the Galway Co Council spokesperson.

The project was expected to have started construction by now under the Balfour Beatty consortium, which is backed by the Royal BAM Group, a Netherlands-based construction contractor.

According to the story in The Sunday Business Post, a spokesman for the consortium said that it remained “committed to the project”.

A source close to the NRA in Galway told The Tuam Herald that while there had been a lot of rumours about the project it was still expected to go ahead, irrespective of what tender eventually signs the contract.

“A lot of money has already been spent on this project and with so many land acquisitions along the route already, it is vital that it goes ahead.

“Irrespective of our sovereign debt situation, it would be hard to comprehend that outside bankers would regard us as being so poor now that we could not pay back a long-term mortgage on a road,” he concluded.
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Old March 7th, 2011, 10:59 PM   #884
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Yeah there is no capital funding at all. We got to hope the PPP process will work for us over the next 5 years or else all we will see is small 2km bypasses and minor junction upgrades.
No, this isn't correct. There is around 1 billion this year alone for roads, of which around 800M (I think) is for maintenance. So there is at least EUR200 million for new roads.

In addition there are the PPPs which are funded separately.
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You know that probably most of mentioned schemes won't be build in the next 5 years. In current economic situation of Ireland only really small projects will go ahead. Maybe Newland Cross from mentioned.
No, they will. The funding shortfall is not that bad, and the PPPs are being worked out by the new government that was recently elected.
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Old March 19th, 2011, 01:56 AM   #885
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Yes it does. But they won't put all of that into roads. They may put very little of it into roads. They are talking about better broadband, new water infrastructure and things like that.
Maybe a bit off topic now, but how is indeed the broadband infrastructure in Ireland compared to other countries?
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Old March 19th, 2011, 05:49 AM   #886
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Maybe a bit off topic now, but how is indeed the broadband infrastructure in Ireland compared to other countries?
One of the worst in Europe. You might see that we have a good percentage of broadband connections in data online but this is false. 3G modems are commonly used in rural areas outside of the cities and you cannot state that this is broadband with speeds of 200kbits/s or 0 when issues arise with modem/signal/users in a cell.

We need billions of investment in broadband over the next few years to even get into the top 10 countries in europe.
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Old March 19th, 2011, 04:24 PM   #887
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How is it in Dublin though?
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Old March 21st, 2011, 02:27 PM   #888
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How is it in Dublin though?

You should be able to get speeds of 5Mbit/s upwards given that you are in the centre. The cities are ok as you can get UPC cable with speeds from 10M to 100M. I'm in Limerick with 20Mbit/sec for 35 euro a month with UPC. Service is usually good with that ISP.
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Old April 7th, 2011, 12:02 PM   #889
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€100m plan to end Cork traffic nightmare

A 100m transformation of the busiest road junction in Cork will breathe new life into the region and create much-needed jobs, industry leaders said today.

The traffic-choked Dunkettle Interchange used by 95,000 motorists daily will become a completely free-flow junction, with looping flyovers and slip roads, under plans unveiled by the National Roads Authority (NRA) yesterday.

The multi-million euro scheme has been compared to the complete revamp of the traffic bottleneck at the Red Cow in Dublin, where a congested roundabout was replaced with slip roads and flyovers to ensure traffic flowed freely.

Consultants working on behalf of the NRA revealed five different options for Dunkettle yesterday.

The final project to be chosen by September could include up to 10 bridges, with looping flyovers, new access routes to Little Island and Glounthane and a completely new roundabout adjacent to the existing Dunkettle Interchange. Construction of the project will begin in 2014 if funding is secured.

This would follow the completion of the flyovers at the Bandon and Sarsfield Road roundabouts.

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has warmly welcomed the plans, saying it will create hundreds of much-needed jobs in the beleaguered construction sector.

CIF director Joe O’Brien said: “It is vital that the Dunkettle Interchange is upgraded. We’re very anxious to ensure that funding is forthcoming for this project.

“Apart from the flyovers at the Bandon and Sarsfield Road roundabouts, the NRA has no other major infrastructure planned for the Cork region.

“The jobs that this project would create are badly needed.”

Port of Cork chief executive Brendan Dempsey said a free flow Dunkettle Interchange would be welcomed by all businesses in the city and county.

“Anything that will ease congestion at that interchange is to be warmly welcomed by all,” he said.
The upgraded Dunkettle could also aid the Port of Cork’s plan to move its operations to Ringaskiddy.

The Port will apply for planning permission later this year or early 2012 for a scaled down investment on a new lower harbour container facility in Ringaskiddy.

The Port’s previous application to create the container terminal at Oyster Bank in Ringaskiddy was refused by An Bord Pleanála, which cited a lack of a rail connection and proper road infrastructure.

ONE of these proposals will be selected in September. This is for J19 where the M8 Dublin - Cork meets the N25 tunnel.












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Old April 9th, 2011, 04:28 AM   #890
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EUR 10 million upgrade of the R338 road in Galway City to a 4 lane divided highway - started in October 2010. The design also includes new roundabouts (to replace existing traffic lights), a pedestrian overpass and cycle tracks, etc. It will run from the R338 roundabout to the N6 roundabout.


These are the Council plans from 2002:

http://www.galwaycity.ie/AllServices...sh,2220,en.pdf

This is what the road looked like before and concurrently. As you can see, the green strip of landscape running adjacent to the road is being used to accommodate the widening.




Before


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Closer view

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Further up near N6 roundabout

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Further down near the Bishop O'Donnell Road

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35 km/h construction zone speed limit.

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Old April 10th, 2011, 12:48 PM   #891
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Do people every refer to Dublin's M50 as Western Parkway? I noticed that it comes up with that name on Google Maps...
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Old April 10th, 2011, 01:12 PM   #892
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Do people every refer to Dublin's M50 as Western Parkway? I noticed that it comes up with that name on Google Maps...
Never. The 'Western Parkway' is only between junction 6 and junction 11 anyway.

Other parts of the M50 are also known as the 'Northern Cross Route' and 'Southern Cross Route' respectively, but I've never heard anyone refer to them by those names either.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 06:28 AM   #893
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Do they have any plans to put motorway signs at the Athlone Bypass and renumber it from N6 to M6? I think the Athlone Bypass is a motorway, but without the signs.

The Athlone Bypass is older than the rest of the M6 around it, but when was the Athlone Bypass built?
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Old April 12th, 2011, 10:31 AM   #894
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I think, like the N7 Naas Rd and bits of the N3 and N4 on the edge of Dublin, plus the N18 between Limerick and Shannon (I think that's all the old DCs that are some of the busiest roads in Ireland and thus needed upgrading before the massive motorway project came into being) aren't good enough to be motorways - driveways or something.

What strikes me as more odd is the Shannon Tunnel not being motorway - it's new build and of good enough quality.
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But what is missing at the Athlone Bypass to use the motorway signs on it? I think that road looks exacly like a motorway. A little bit older than the rest of M6 but still motorway standard.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 02:40 PM   #896
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Motorway designation is the most obvious one...

But perhaps the shoulders/lanes/both aren't wide enough, or the route, being established, couldn't simply be converted (I don't know Irish right-of-way law) - newer DCs got the quick re-designation, but old ones didn't.

Mainline alignment, perhaps - everyone was expecting to see an M25 Waterford bypass, but it opened, and will remain, non-motorway, due to tight curves.

Speed limit may be another thing - the junctions aren't fairly close, and so rather than redesignating them motorway and lowering the speed limit back to what it was before, it was easier to just not bother spending money on a few legal orders and some blue signs, and extra speed limit signs for next-to-no-benefit.

The Shannon Tunnel, and the Waterford bypass not being motorway are more strange to me, given that they didn't pre-exist the motorway network and were being built when tons of other schemes and recent-builds were getting re-designated as motorway. Only the southern-most mile of M3, and the M20 were pre-existing roads - the former being a tie in, the latter being weird.

So in addition to not having all recent HQDC schemes becoming motorway, you also have the anomaly of the M20 getting re-designated, when all the similar roads (Naas Road, N3 and N4 near Dublin, Athlone bypass, Limerick-Shannon Road) weren't.
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Motorway designation is the most obvious one...

But perhaps the shoulders/lanes/both aren't wide enough, or the route, being established, couldn't simply be converted (I don't know Irish right-of-way law) - newer DCs got the quick re-designation, but old ones didn't.

Mainline alignment, perhaps - everyone was expecting to see an M25 Waterford bypass, but it opened, and will remain, non-motorway, due to tight curves.

Speed limit may be another thing - the junctions aren't fairly close, and so rather than redesignating them motorway and lowering the speed limit back to what it was before, it was easier to just not bother spending money on a few legal orders and some blue signs, and extra speed limit signs for next-to-no-benefit.

The Shannon Tunnel, and the Waterford bypass not being motorway are more strange to me, given that they didn't pre-exist the motorway network and were being built when tons of other schemes and recent-builds were getting re-designated as motorway. Only the southern-most mile of M3, and the M20 were pre-existing roads - the former being a tie in, the latter being weird.

So in addition to not having all recent HQDC schemes becoming motorway, you also have the anomaly of the M20 getting re-designated, when all the similar roads (Naas Road, N3 and N4 near Dublin, Athlone bypass, Limerick-Shannon Road) weren't.

It's called bad planning and poor decision making - People that made similar decisions in the States were normally first in line of dismissal. I thought the same when I looked into the plans to construct a new Galway beltway given that the existing one (wide median and easily retrofitable) could be upgraded instead of wasting several million EUR building another one from scratch.
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Old April 17th, 2011, 09:34 PM   #898
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M1 widening J2-J3

Folks,

A short section of the M1 (between the airport exit at junction 2 and the Drynham exit J3) is being widened to 3x2 lanes. The northbound carriageway is substantially complete, so I took some photos today. We start on the M50 approaching the M1/M50 interchange (J3 of the M50, J1 of the M1).

1. One of the new VMSs on the M50 advertises the cheap weekend toll rate for the port tunnel.
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2. Approaching the interchange with the M1.
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3. We take the left lanes.
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4. This ramp dates from the original interchange, and was the only free-flow movement prior to the upgrades of 2009/10.
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5. Merge with the M1 mainline (north of the M50). Now there's three running lanes plus the diverge for the airport.
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6. Lane drop for the airport.
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7. New 3-lane section north of the airport.
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8. Approaching J3.
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9. Lane drop after J3. There are now plans to extend the 3-lane section to the next junction.
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10. Further north, sign gantries have been installed recently.
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Old April 18th, 2011, 12:08 AM   #899
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Great pics csd. Thanks!

ps I also posted your post in the Ireland forum.


Be great when the additional lanes go as far as Balbriggan on the M1.
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The Athlone bypass wont be a motorway anytime soon as the curvature isnt up to it and there isnt a sensible alternate route for local traffic. The only other bridge in Athlone just isnt up to the extra local traffic and is the only bridge north-south for 20 miles.

Also the PPPs (M17/18 and N7/11) are effectively dead due to the bank and the soverign debt situation.
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