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Old June 25th, 2012, 10:55 PM   #1121
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I see that Irish summer is almost as good as British summer
In Ireland it is either about to rain or already raining. The British Isles have had some interesting rain patterns recently. Southern England has been flooded and miserable since about March, when we had a hosepipe ban. Scotland is now nearly in drought
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Old June 25th, 2012, 11:59 PM   #1122
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Kent often had a water problem, which goes to show that the British infrastructure sucks. How can Britain have a water shortage, its a north European island for crying out loud! I blame Health and Safety!
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Old June 26th, 2012, 12:54 AM   #1123
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The weather is the least on most Irish people's minds now given the recession. The average Irish person is getting screwed at the gas pump with more austerity to pay for the Bank bondholders

A previous poster covered the Ennis bypass with photos. This is the Newmarket-on-Fergus bypass which opened in 2002:




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N19 interchange (Shannon Airport):

N19 overpass:



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Old June 26th, 2012, 10:23 PM   #1124
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Continuing southbound on N18

The oldest section of the N18 opened in 1979:





























Everyone avoids the Limerick bypass to avoid paying the toll (including me)




This was once part of the main N18:

Limerick city in sight:

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Old June 26th, 2012, 11:43 PM   #1125
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i like irish diamond signs.
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Old June 27th, 2012, 02:58 AM   #1126
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The signs are more visible in dark rainy weather because the fluorescent yellow background shows a higher intensity. Sometimes, newer signs are often placed too high for eye level.
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Old June 28th, 2012, 05:27 PM   #1127
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Everyone avoids the Limerick bypass to avoid paying the toll (including me)
I never understand this attitude!
Why on earth would you want to avoid the toll when it could save you 30 or 40 minutes at rush hour? What is it, two euro? That's nothing.
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Old June 28th, 2012, 09:58 PM   #1128
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Some drivers circumvent the Tollway if they aren't in a hurry. Others may feel their annual road tax of €400 should eliminate the need for paying any tolls. Possibly in protest against the governments use of this tax to pay the Banks. I now carpool because I previously paid €500 a year on road tax, €50 on vehicle inspection and extra taxes on gasoline. So I pay 50% less now. The government wouldn't reinvest it into infrastructure except into the pockets of speculators.
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Old July 3rd, 2012, 08:03 PM   #1129
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That of course being the Ennis bypass. On this newer bypass, the shoulder lane is narrower and in my opinion they didn't need curbing because it increases the cost of construction and also with maintenance. Surface water runoff would easily occur without curbing. Moreover, if they ever widen the width of the pavement markings, this shoulder lane will be very narrow.
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Old July 17th, 2012, 04:41 PM   #1130
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Some major roads projects which are to be funded announced by the government today as part of a €2.25 billion stimulus (€850 million on roads), they include:The M18/M17 will start in 2013, the M11 and N25 in 2014.

Official government press release can be found here.
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Old July 22nd, 2012, 07:27 PM   #1131
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A motorway order has just been issued for the upgrading of this underwhelming grade separated roundabout interchange between the M8 and N25 in Cork into what would be Cork's most complex interchange although it won't be entirely free flow on some movements. It will make for a seamless flow of traffic from the JL tunnel to the M8 and N25.


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http://n8n25dunkettle.jacobs.com/doc...ig%202.4.1.PDF

I do see one or two problems with the design. The retention of a roundabout just to the west for example seems a bit strange. Nevertheless it's great to see progression on this as it removes one of the few remaining at grade interruptions from southwest of Cork all the way up to Belfast.





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Old July 23rd, 2012, 04:26 AM   #1132
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Some drivers circumvent the Tollway if they aren't in a hurry. Others may feel their annual road tax of €400 should eliminate the need for paying any tolls. Possibly in protest against the governments use of this tax to pay the Banks. I now carpool because I previously paid €500 a year on road tax, €50 on vehicle inspection and extra taxes on gasoline. So I pay 50% less now. The government wouldn't reinvest it into infrastructure except into the pockets of speculators.
I read that drivers across the eurozone are increasingly shunning tollways with the ongoing fiasco. Toll road traffic volumes in France, which had shown more resilience since 2008, also contracted in the first three months of this year. About the Limerick beltway, the speed limit is quite low and the pay-by-cash system wasn't really appropriate. I would've chosen an electronic tollway - it would help traffic more freely. I drove on the old section of the N18 Highway (Ennis Road) before it was split up into roundabouts. At that time, they used median openings with turn lanes. These are a much better alternative than roundabouts which only hinder traffic flow and increase fuel consumption.
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These are the crossings you're referring to. They are now removed despite a perfect free-flow of traffic beforehand. Since the roundabouts were built it's worse.

On that old N18 (now R445) the width of the median crossing was also wide enough for safety. Irish planners and road engineers are getting worse by following the failed policy of roundabouts. The sudden slowing down and speeding up increases fuel consumption let alone the traffic flow being like a stop and go system. It also increases noise pollution in a relatively scenic area near the Ennis Road. History has shown that roundabouts on downgraded sections have had a negative impact. Galway City Council recently removed some roundabouts on the old N6.







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Old September 29th, 2012, 07:39 PM   #1134
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N11 Camolin - Dublin

N11 Camolin - Dublin

This is approx 90 km approaching Dublin on the N11/E1 from the south. Starting just north of the Co Wexford town of Camolin and finishing on the M50. This is the main route between Dublin, the medieval town of Wexford, and the ferryport of Rosslare, where ships to France and south Wales sail from.

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1. First, the route map.
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2. This section of single carriageway N11 is due to be upgraded with a motorway, bypassing Camolin, Ferns, and Enniscorthy. It is one of only four motorway schemes due to start in the next 12 months.
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3. Approaching the southern terminus of the M11. The motorway will be extended south once the upgrade project starts some time in 2013.
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4. Start of the motorway.
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5. On the M11 Gorey bypass. This road was opened as a high-quality dual carriageway with green signs, but was reclassified as motorway in 2010.
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6. Quite an undulating surface here.
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7. Exit 23 (Gorey South).
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8. Tara Hill dominates the skyline as we edge closer to Dublin.
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9. Approaching exit 22.
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10. There are no motorway service areas (MSAs) on the M11, so this parking area is the only place truck drivers can rest at the moment. However, as part of the Arklow - Rathnew upgrade project, an MSA is to be constructed near this location. This is supposedly to start construction on 10.10.2012, but has missed many previous deadlines so I'll believe it when I see it!
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11. Approaching exit 21 - Arklow south.
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12. Tourist destinations.
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13. County Wicklow is known as "The Garden of Ireland" -- you'll see why over the next series of photos.
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14. On the Arklow bypass now. This was opened in the '90s as a dual carriageway, and redesignated a motorway in 2010. Note the older style wide median construction.
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15. The M11/N11 skirts the eastern side of the Wicklow Mountains, so the terrain is quite hilly.
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16. Bridge over the Avoca river.
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17. Approaching exit 20, the terminus of this isolated southern section of the M11. Patching is used on signs at terminal junctions on motorways.
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18. White exit sign because it's a terminal junction. This will be changed to blue when the motorway is extended northwards.
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19. End of motorway restrictions. There's a short section of all-purpose dual carriageway north of exit 20.
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20. Ever closer to Dublin. This will be upgraded to motorway once the 18 km gap between Arklow and Rathnew is closed.
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N11 Camolin - Dublin part 2

...continued from previous post.

21. Approaching the end of the dual carriageway. This access will be removed as part of the M11 Arklow - Rathnew motorway scheme.
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22. End of the dual carriageway. The land for the extension of the motorway north has been purchased and fenced off. The scheme has been delayed and postponed many times due to financing difficulties after the 2008 economic crash, but is supposedly starting construction on 10.10.2012.
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23. Single carriageway, and no overtaking!
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24. Garda Traffic Corps observation ramp.
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25. Brittas Bay is a beach popular with Dubliners in the summer.
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26. This section can get very congested at sunny summer weekends.
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27. A series of fatalities on this section led to an overtaking ban and reduced speed limit being introduced.
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28. Junction for Redcross.
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29. The speed detector didn't work for me, for some reason!
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30. This is probably the worst quality section of the N11 between Dublin and Wexford.The motorway bypass is long overdue!
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31. Finally we're allowed overtake again!
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32. The other major at-grade intersection on this part of the route is for Wicklow town, the county seat.
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33. Thank goodness, we'll be back on motorway soon!
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34. But first, there's a short section of all-purpose dual carriageway before the motorway begins.
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35. Exit 17. Exits 18 & 19 will be on the Arklow - Rathnew scheme.
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36. The motorway starts just after the exit ramp.
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37. This is the Ashford bypass, another scheme opened as an all-purpose road and later reclassified as motorway.
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38. Exit for Ashford. This is one of my favourite sections.
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39. Near Ashford.
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40. The section north of exit 14 was not reclassified as motorway (we'll see why soon!).
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Nice photos! Thanks for the captions. As I understand the speed limit was reduced from 100 to 80 km/h at photo # 27? 100 km/h seems quite fast for what looks like a semi-built-up area.
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...continued from previous post.

41. This will remain the northern terminus of the southern section of the M11. Once the current round of upgrades are finished, the M11 will consist of a short northern section around Bray and a much longer section between here and a point south of Enniscorthy (the village of Oilgate). The two sections are joined by the dual carriageway shown in the next series of photos.
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42. End of motorway.
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43. We're on a National route, so green signs. The road is still very high quality, with no median openings.
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44. Here we see one of the main reasons this section isn't motorway: a bus stop on the mainline!
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45. Exit 13, near Cullenmore.
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46. As we approach the southern end of the Newtownmountkennedy bypass, the Sugarloaf Mountain pokes its head above the horizon.
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47. Newtownmountkennedy is the longest name for a town in Ireland, and got its bypass in 1990, one of the few pre-Celtic Tiger high quality dual carriageways to open.
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48. The dual carriageway section has recently been re-signed to the latest TSM standards.
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49. There's a dual carriageway from exit 11 to the seaside town of Greystones.
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50. Approaching Glen of the Downs, we're on a short section of early 70s-era dual carriagway. One of the few outside Dublin, it's had its median openings closed and a wire safety barrier installed in the last decade.
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51. One of the new signs. Exit 10 is a LILO (left-in, Left-out with tight corners.
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52. No trucks allowed through Delgany.
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53. Through the Glen of the Downs. There was much protest when this section was upgraded to dual carriageway. As a compromise, the road width is narrower here, so fewer trees had to be felled. This upgrade opened in 2003.
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54. Note the narrower hard shoulder.
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55. The Sugarloaf makes another appearance.
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56. Between Glen of the Downs and Kilmacanoge.
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57. Another tight LILO junction, and the speed limit drops to 80 km/h northbound.
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58. The reason for the low speed limit. image hosted on flickr

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59. Lots of tight exits and weaving traffic here -- it's hard to see that they'll ever be able to upgrade this to motorway without doing a lot of demolition.
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60. The exits keep coming, thick and fast!
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61. Another median opening was closed here in the late 90s when this interchange was built.
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62. Immediately north of exit 7 is exit 6A, for Enniskerry. Lots of weaving here.
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63. Yet another exit! This is the southern terminus of the Bray Bypass, which opened in 1991. Until the reclassifications of 2010, this was the only section of M11.
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64. New gantries on the Bray bypass. Not sure I've seen an L-road signed off a motorway anywhere else in Ireland.
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65. Bray bypass. The southern half hasn't changed since opening (apart from some new signs and a median barrier).
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66. The northern half, however, was upgraded to 2x3 lanes when the M50 was built.
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67. We're still on the M11 Bray bypass, but the exit number is the M50's exit 17.
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68. Bray bypass.
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69. The M11 TOTSOs off here, the mainline is the M50.
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70. We're going to stay on the mainline, so we're taking the M50 northbound.
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71. The M11 northbound carriageway is on the flyover visible below. The motorway ends at a roundabout approx 500 metres after the flyover. The N11 then continues as a dual carriageway (with traffic lights and bus stops) for most of the way into the city centre.
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72. M50 South Eastern Motorway. If the eastern bypass of Dublin is ever built, it is likely that this section will be renumbered M11, and the N11 declassified as a regional route.
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73. Approaching Carrickmines, our last pic.
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Nice photos! Thanks for the captions. As I understand the speed limit was reduced from 100 to 80 km/h at photo # 27? 100 km/h seems quite fast for what looks like a semi-built-up area.
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100 km/h is the default for national roads, regardless of standard. The county council issued a speed limit order to reduce this section to 80 km/h because of the accidents. It's not actually that built-up, but it's a wide road with many side-turnings, so there were a lot of head-on collisions caused by unsafe overtaking.

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The Glen of the Downs nature reserve where they tried to bulldoze over local residents starting in 1997. They were met with resistance by demonstrators. Some big businesses wanted this Highway but it passes close by the flood plains.
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100 km/h seems quite fast for what looks like a semi-built-up area.
Too slow in my opinion In Ireland, we all violate traffic rules every minute. Civil disobedience is common here and the cops rarely enforce rules, except maybe the wacky races:

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