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Old November 22nd, 2011, 10:31 PM   #1021
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Nice to see Ireland - contrary to the UK - signs E-roads !
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 12:57 AM   #1022
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Down the M9

...continued from my previous posting, the next set is junctions 1 to 6 on the M9.

1. Not long after we leave the M7, we come to junction 2. For over a decade after opening in 1994, this was the end of the M9, making it a strong candidate for Pathetic Motorway status.
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2. These signs have started to spring up on a number of motorways, showing the former route through towns now bypassed.
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3. Approaching junction 2.
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4. The extension of the M9 south of junction 2 opened in stages between 2008 and 2010. You can see the wide median design of the 1980s to early 2000s has given way to the modern narrow style of jersey barrier and 3.5 metre lanes.
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5. Approaching exit 3.
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6. A new link road to Athy was constructed as part of the motorway scheme, which is reached off J3.
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7. The first section of M9 to open after the initial build was the Carlow bypass, junctions 4 to 6, which opened in 2008.
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8. The M9 was originally constructed as a High Quality Dual Carriageway, a feature of which was these parking areas. The road was redesignated to motorway, but the parking areas remained.
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9. No Euroroute markers here - the M9 isn't deemed important enough.
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10. The N80 is reached off the Carlow bypass's intermediate junction, exit 5.
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11. Junction 6 marks the end of the Carlow bypass and the start of the Kilkenny bypass scheme, which opened in 2010.
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That's it for this post, but you can continue the journey further south by clicking on my earlier post here, where you can take a virtual trip the rest of the way to Waterford.

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Old November 23rd, 2011, 03:11 AM   #1023
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Nice to see Ireland - contrary to the UK - signs E-roads !
I agree. I also like their roadwork signs are very similar to ours in the U.S. Their Highway system can be similar to the USA.

We should have adopted symbols rather than long worded signs such as this:


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Old November 23rd, 2011, 11:08 AM   #1024
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I've read M20 (Cork - Limerick) has been scrapped from the motorway programme. That leaves little to no new motorway projects, right?
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 12:30 PM   #1025
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I've read M20 (Cork - Limerick) has been scrapped from the motorway programme. That leaves little to no new motorway projects, right?
Chris,

There are currently no motorway projects in construction in Ireland. All new schemes are "on hold", except for two PPPs:

1. M17/M18 Gort - Tuam
2. M11 Arklow - Wicklow (plus Newlands Cross interchange)

These are still officially being progressed (and are "shovel-ready"), but it seems that bidders are having problems raising finance. There are a small number of non-motorway projects currently in progress, but it's a far cry from the heady years of the mid-2000s!

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Old November 23rd, 2011, 07:21 PM   #1026
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Look on the bright side. At least most of the intercity Highways are now built. With the exception of the N17 and N18, Ireland would never have gotten this far if they had delayed the M8/M9/M7/M6 by as little as a year. If they did, funding would immediately become impossible with the onset of the global financial crisis.
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 09:20 PM   #1027
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Nice to see Ireland - contrary to the UK - signs E-roads !
Well, not quite. The Euroroute numbers are only present on route confirmation/distance signs. They're not on direction signs, so aren't useful for navigation.

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Old December 3rd, 2011, 09:30 PM   #1028
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Some aerial shots of some junctions on the M50 motorway in Dublin


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M50/N7

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M50/M3 (Eptisa)

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M50/M2 interchange




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N4/M50

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Old December 18th, 2011, 10:05 PM   #1029
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New gantries on the N11

Folks,

Some new gantries have gone up along the N11 in Co Wicklow.

1. Approaching the southern end of the M11.
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2. Exit 7
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3. Delgany exit.
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Old December 20th, 2011, 05:39 PM   #1030
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Department of Transport press release:

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Newlands Cross & N11 Arklow-Rathnew projects get go-ahead - Varadkar

20 - 12 - 2011


Last bottleneck between Dundalk & Cork will now be removed

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has today (Tuesday) confirmed that the Government has approved a funding mechanism for multi million euro road projects in Dublin and Co. Wicklow.

Work is set to start next year on upgrading the Newlands Cross bottleneck on the main Dublin to Cork/Limerick road, while the N11 between Arklow and Rathnew will also be upgraded to four lanes.

Funding of more than €100 million is set to be provided under a Public Private Partnership involving a significant contribution from the European Investment Bank and Bank of Ireland, in the first such arrangement for road projects for a number of years.

Construction is set to start next year on both projects, and is due to be completed by 2014, at which stage the repayments will commence.

Minister Varadkar has said this is a very welcome announcement, particularly at a time when PPP projects are so difficult to get off the ground.

“I am delighted to be able to announce the upgrading of Newlands Cross, and of the N11 between Rathnew and Arklow. Both projects will make a real difference to the travelling public and to businesses. Each one covers a critical section of road, and is among a handful of stretches which were never resolved during the boom years.

“Thanks to this new arrangement, the work can finally be initiated.

“It’s particularly welcome to be able to remove the last traffic light between Dundalk and Cork, on one of Ireland’s most important and busiest national routes. The construction process will also create employment for hundreds of people.”

The NRA will now move on to the difficult task of trying to find financial backing for the Gort to Tuam motorway.

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Old December 21st, 2011, 03:07 AM   #1031
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Great news the traffic light on the N7 was always a real pain in the ass, can't wait for this section to be upgraded

Also good luck for the Gort to Tuam section, it would be so handy if it was built, since nowadays it takes to get from Limerick to Gort (motorway ~70km) around the same time as from Gort to Galway (standard 1+1 road ~30km)
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Old January 26th, 2012, 04:30 AM   #1032
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**Updated** This is part of the N4 going into Sligo. This section was built in 1996 but officially opened in 1998.










Photos for the remainder of the 1998 section. Note the new signs and gantries being erected. I'm not sure if they plan to upgrade this to 120km/h but I think they're placing too many detailed signs and it's impeding the flow of traffic




This is a viaduct:


The viaduct continues:


Road Work Ahead for the new signs:








New gantry sign:


The freeway once ended here until 2005:



This new section begins exactly here. Opened in 2005:





New gantry sign on the opposite side:










Approaching the inner relief road:




The Sligo inner relief road forms part of this new section:







Many houses were demolished to make way for the inner relief road:














Hughes's Bridge section opened in 1988:






Continues for 300m until the Enniskillen exit


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Old January 26th, 2012, 05:04 AM   #1033
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Interesting - Sx junction numbers.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 08:58 PM   #1034
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Thanks. The existing signs are also being changed there. But the new signs are too complex. For example, there's too many locations listed on the new signs and it's slowing traffic and distracting drivers. The old signs were much easier to follow. They could have easily numbered these signs without replacing them (in my opinion).
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Old January 26th, 2012, 10:52 PM   #1035
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Is it dual carriageway all the way from Sligo to Dublin?

Is there any plans to resign it to a motorway?
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Old January 26th, 2012, 11:23 PM   #1036
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No. This one is only 14.2 km in total. It begins at the N17/N4 Roundabout and ends at the N16/N4 exit shortly after the last photo above. There are divided highways here and there along the route to Dublin but the rest is like this:

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Old January 27th, 2012, 02:37 AM   #1037
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I didn't know that the Irish used 'Yield' rather than 'Give Way'. Another Americanism.
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Im trying to find out how many "American" things they have at the roads in Ireland. I think I got it here:

1. Diamond shaped warning signs in American style. That looks American and they are the only coutry in Europe with this. But they are not really American. The symbols inside the diamond shaped warning signs are European.

2. Give way sign with the text "Yield". In UK there is the text "Give Way". Rest of Europe, no text at all at this sign.

3. Junctions are called "Exit". Thats more American. In the UK its called "Junction" and in most other European countries its called something in their languages, like "Abfahrt", "Avfart", "Afrit", "Sortie", etc. But there is some countries sometimes call it "Exit" like for example Czech Republic where you can still find some signs with the text "Exit".

4. The sign for No Parking looks now more American than European. They have the "P" in that sign. Some other European countries had similar signs at the 1960s but they are changed since many years to the blue one. But Ireland still have the "P" on the No Parking sign, and that looks maybe more American than European now.

Maybe there is more?
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Old January 27th, 2012, 05:33 AM   #1039
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Im trying to find out how many "American" things they have at the roads in Ireland. I think I got it here:

1. Diamond shaped warning signs in American style. That looks American and they are the only coutry in Europe with this. But they are not really American. The symbols inside the diamond shaped warning signs are European.

2. Give way sign with the text "Yield". In UK there is the text "Give Way". Rest of Europe, no text at all at this sign.

3. Junctions are called "Exit". Thats more American. In the UK its called "Junction" and in most other European countries its called something in their languages, like "Abfahrt", "Avfart", "Afrit", "Sortie", etc. But there is some countries sometimes call it "Exit" like for example Czech Republic where you can still find some signs with the text "Exit".

4. The sign for No Parking looks now more American than European. They have the "P" in that sign. Some other European countries had similar signs at the 1960s but they are changed since many years to the blue one. But Ireland still have the "P" on the No Parking sign, and that looks maybe more American than European now.

Maybe there is more?
Yep, their merge warning signs are American or "new world". Ireland is an interesting case...a hybrid of British, continental European (in the way they use 'E' numbering and 'R' and 'N' roads) and American.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 04:49 PM   #1040
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We had this discussion before and it didn't go very far...
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