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Old July 17th, 2008, 08:45 PM   #81
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Yeah, a bit of through traffic can jam up a small town real bad.
Abcoude, my town has had that. Now they installed a traffic light with a road block to prevent traffic from going through Abcoude instead of taking the jammed A2. About 30 cars have been severely damaged so far by the malfunctioning block, and it is no longer working.
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Old July 18th, 2008, 06:38 PM   #82
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Yeah, a bit of through traffic can jam up a small town real bad.
Yeah, like Michelstown between Cork and Dublin was really bad until they made a bypass.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 12:20 AM   #83
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Just under 300km of roads upgraded to motorway
JUST UNDER 300km of dual carriageway linking Dublin with Cork, Limerick and Galway has been redesignated motorway.

The alteration will produce an almost continuous motorway linking Athlone to Dublin as the Kinnegad to Athlone route is among those reclassified.

The 40km stretch connecting Cashel to Mitchelstown - which is due to open next Friday - will extend the length of motorway on the main Dublin to Cork route.

In total, 10 sections of road stretching 292km are affected, four of which (125km) will be open to traffic on September 24th when the changes come into force.

The remainder are under construction. All inter-urban routes are due to be completed by 2010.

The main differences between a a dual carriageway and a motorway, aside from the speed limit, are that learner drivers, vehicles with a speed of less than 50km/h and motorcycles of less than 50cc are barred from using the latter.

The National Roads Authority (NRA) is anxious that quality dual carriageways be reclassified as motorways to prevent what it terms "inappropriate developments" alongside the roads.

Once classified as a motorway access to the route is restricted to separated junctions and this contributes to motorways being the safest routes in the State.

An NRA spokesman said: "It is critical that the NRA protect their investment in the inter-urban routes. We don't need a bunch of M50s around the country."

For this reason the NRA has also sought motorway classification for routes under construction.

Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey yesterday signed the redesignation order.

Among reclassified routes are the Kinnegad to Athlone section of the N6; the Cashel bypass and Cashel to Mitchelstown section on the N8; and the Carlow bypass on the N9. Routes under construction that are being redesignated include the Castletown to Limerick stretch of the N7 and Urlingford to Cashel section of the N8.

A 120km/h speed limit will apply on the reclassified routes.

© 2008 The Irish Times

Other HQDC roads redesignations are said to be 'imminent'.

Likely candidate routes - N2 Ashbourne Bypass, Watergrasshill to Cork City on the N8 and the N25 Waterford bypass. The map of Irelands roads is going to change big time!
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Old July 27th, 2008, 12:02 AM   #84
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And it keeps doing that....

M8 Cashel to Mitchelstown is open. At the moment it has blue motorway signs but no chopsticks and is 100kmh limit. Until September 24th

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Not Such a Long Way to Tipperary - Cashel to Mitchelstown Road Scheme Opens Early!

The N8 Cashel to Mitchelstown scheme was officially opened today (Friday 25th July 2008) by Dr. Martin Mansergh, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Finance.

The scheme which runs between Cashel in County Tipperary and Carrigane, north of Mitchelstown in County Cork, will bypass four villages and towns- New Inn and Skehennarinky villages in county Tipperary and Kilbehenny village in county Limerick. It incorporates a bypass of Cahir town on the N24.

Officiating at the opening, Dr Martin Mansergh, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Finance, said:

"I am delighted to open this road to traffic which has been delivered 10 months ahead of schedule and on budget, this is particularly good to hear given the current economic climate.

This road, which runs through the heart of South Tipperary, will be a major benefit to the people and the economy of adjoining towns in terms of jobs and investment, and indeed will make the whole county more accessible.

By delivering this scheme, which includes a bypass of Cahir, ahead of 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".

Mr. Peter Malone, Chairman of the National Roads Authority, said:

This 41km, dual carriageway will remove up to 9,500 vehicles daily from the four bypassed towns and villages. Travelling times and congestion will be reduced, impacting positively on both commercial and tourism sectors.

At 257km the Dublin to Cork route is the longest of the five major city links targeted for development under the Government’s Transport 21 Plan and the National Development Plan 2007 - 2013. When complete in 2010, drivers will be able to travel on motorway or dual carriageway from Dublin to Cork and the journey time will be at least an hour less than in the past.

Schemes such as the N8 Cashel to Mitchelstown demonstrate that the transformation of the country’s national road network is becoming a reality, helping to address the challenges presented as a result of economic and demographic developments. The national road network is a vital element of the country’s strategic infrastructure - our island economy is heavily reliant on a top class road network to ensure the efficient movement of people and goods which are vital to protect and encourage job opportunities.”

Mr. Ned O’Connor, County Manager, South Tipperary County Council, said:

“The N8 Cashel/ Mitchelstown scheme completes a strategic section of the major inter-urban route between Dublin and Cork. From South Tipperary County Counsel’s perspective it means that the towns of Cashel and Cahir are now bypassed and this will have a positive impact on the economic and social development of the County. It is the largest single project investment undertaken by South Tipperary County Council.”

The first phase of the scheme, 12km on the N8 from Cashel to Cahir and 3km on the N24 bypassing Cahir, opened in October, 2007, 18 months ahead of schedule.

Next year will see progress continued on the N8 Cork to Dublin route with the Cullahill to Cashel scheme due for completion. The N8 Mitchelstown to Fermoy project will be completed early in 2010 and the M8 Portlaoise to Cullahill scheme will be complete by the end of 2010.

The Minister for Transport, Mr. Noel Dempsey, T.D., recently approved applications from the National Roads Authority to designate 9 sections of dual carriageway as motorway. The N8 Cashel to Mitchelstown scheme is among the schemes to be reclassified. The designation to motorway status will come into effect on 24th of September, 2008.

Funding for the scheme was provided by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan, 2007-2013, with part-funding by the European Union from the Trans- European Transport Networks Budget.

Please click here for a map of the scheme – please note that the red line denotes the new route, the green line the old route.
http://www.nra.ie/News/DownloadableD...e,15369,en.pdf

And heres the M6 Kilbeggan to Athlone map ->

http://www.nra.ie/RoadSchemeActivity...,15016,en.html
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Old July 29th, 2008, 11:56 PM   #85
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Heres random facts from a post I made elsewhere.

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I think things will be scaled back a bit, but bear in mind that theres 20 major road projects in construction at the mo according to the NRA site. (well 18 cos two have just finished). In fairness thats a ridiculous amount of construction for a country this size.

In the 20 projects, theres 551km under construction, most of it motorway. For a country of 4 million, thats PHENOMENAL. Scale that to UK population, thats 8,265km. Scale to Germanys population, thats 11,200km. Imagine the UK having 8,265km of motorway under construction!

So yeah, inaccurate but the current levels are unsustainable. Even halve the constructions now and it'll get done by 2015 as planned. I'd love to know where they're getting the raw materials (and the diggers!) from.

(That said, it was all supposed to be done years ago)
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 01:07 AM   #86
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Hi Guys!
Where are the pictures from construction projects on Irish roads?
It always surprises me how few construction pictures are on all western European forums comparing with eastern European ones
I think because we are more enthusiastic about road projects in eastern Europe.
Anyway if anyone has any pictures, especially from Dublin-Galway, Dublin-Limerick and Dublin-Cork corridors please post them guys.
How about Dublin bypass improvements? I know they redoing two or three major junctions.
Any pictures?
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Old August 6th, 2008, 03:02 PM   #87
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Here is a pic of the first completed junction on the M50










N7/M50 Junction under construction













New M50/N3 Junction






I will post more later.

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Old August 6th, 2008, 09:15 PM   #88
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Hi Guys!
Where are the pictures from construction projects on Irish roads?
It always surprises me how few construction pictures are on all western European forums comparing with eastern European ones
I think because we are more enthusiastic about road projects in eastern Europe.
Anyway if anyone has any pictures, especially from Dublin-Galway, Dublin-Limerick and Dublin-Cork corridors please post them guys.
How about Dublin bypass improvements? I know they redoing two or three major junctions.
Any pictures?
Trouble is all the regulars to the Irish road threads are on Sabre or Boards and most never come here
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 11:16 PM   #89
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This post deleted in protest against politically biased moderation.

Keep politics out of the roads forum.

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This post deleted in protest against politically biased moderation.

Keep politics out of the roads forum.

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Keep politics out of the roads forum.

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Old October 3rd, 2008, 10:12 PM   #94
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A further list of redesigations for motorways has been published.



http://www.transport.ie/viewitem.asp...g=ENG&loc=2270


Gonna be alot of blue on maps when all this is finished.


Meanwhile a list of motorways due to open in the next 2 years

M8 - Cullahill-Cashel - 40 km - Q2 2009
M7 - Nenagh-Limerick - 28 km - Q2 2009
M9 - Carlow-Knocktopher - 24 km - Q3 2009
M6 - Ballinasloe-Athone - 20km - Q4 2009
M8 - Mitchelstown-Fermoy - 16km - Q1 2010
M6 - Galway-Ballinasloe - 56 km - Q2 2010
M7 - Nenagh-Castletown - 34km - Q3 2010
M3 - Clonee - Kells - 47 km - Q3 2010
N7 - Limerick Tunnel - 10km - Q4 2010
M8/M7 - Portlaoise-Cullahill/Castletown - 40 km - Q4 2010
M9 - Kilcullen-Carlow - 27 km - Q4 2010
M9/N10 - Carlow-Knocktopher - 40 km - Q4 2010
M25 - Waterford City Bypass - 23 km - Q4 2010
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Wow, that's a lot for such a small country.
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It is alot and the map of Ireland (the Reublic anyway) will look seriously overkill. We are looking at Ireland having Europe's most comprehensive motorway system by 2012 - and quite possibly the best. Incredible when you think just 10 years ago we had under 100km's of motorway!


Ireland is building motorways at a rate above even the UK's peak building programme in the 70's right now.


It is an incredible time if your into road building!
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Ireland's getting some fantastic new highways, while other nations have stagnated, in terms of investment in roads.

Tell me though, is there a plan in place for a complete motorway link between Dublin and Belfast? To me, that route would make the most sense and could be joint-funded by the governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
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Ireland's getting some fantastic new highways, while other nations have stagnated, in terms of investment in roads.

Tell me though, is there a plan in place for a complete motorway link between Dublin and Belfast? To me, that route would make the most sense and could be joint-funded by the governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
hmm while the Republic builds motorways at a breath taking pace - the North does not. The M1 goes from Dublin to the boarder but reciprical arrangements are hard to come by. Instead the motorway turns to a standard 2 lane road North of the boarder. There is some Dual Carriageway but they dont have the money to complete a motorway link which is unfortunate. Not that Unionists would want to! But a motorway must be completed between Dublin and Belfast at some stage.
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The trouble with Ireland though is that these motorways are replacing largely untouched roads. There are no S2 bypasses of towns on the current routes, and these motorways are (mostly) badly needed.

Lets not forget that the road between Limerick and Galway (Irelands 3rd and 4th cities) still looks like this ->











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Yeah, an amount of traffic which do not qualifies for motorway-standards can jam up a town real bad with all livability problems.
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