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Old November 3rd, 2012, 02:15 AM   #1161
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Into Connemara

Part 3: Into Connemara

A few pics on the N59 and R336 northwest of Galway

1. This is the N59 near Galway city: not too bad.
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2. A recently re-aligned section of the N59 between Moycullen and Oughterard.
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3. West of Oughterard (that's pronounced ookter-ard), the N59 opens out and the scenery is simply stunning.
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4. Top Gear magazine rates this road as one of the best drives anywhere. The Twelve Bens are visible to the extreme left, the Maamturks are in front of us.
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5. We turn right at Maam Cross, heading for Leenaun.
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6. The R336 between Maam and Leenaun.
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7. Climbing one of the mountains near Leenaun yields this view of the sunset over the Twelve Bens and Killary fjord.
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Old November 3rd, 2012, 05:26 PM   #1162
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Stunning pictures. Love your posts man.
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Old November 3rd, 2012, 08:03 PM   #1163
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Stunning pictures. Love your posts man.
absolutely,ireland at its whole beauty.i like the electric posts,reminds me of yugoslavia in the 70s
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Old November 3rd, 2012, 09:07 PM   #1164
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Great photos!
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Old November 4th, 2012, 01:04 AM   #1165
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Galway is a great town to live in, but the traffic alone would put me off living there. For a town of its size, the traffic is absolutely ridiculous.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 01:58 PM   #1166
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I remember them building a new bypass in 2005 when I was there. Certainly it should have improved things a little?
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Old November 4th, 2012, 03:29 PM   #1167
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I remember them building a new bypass in 2005 when I was there. Certainly it should have improved things a little?
Not sure what you saw in 2005, but the only bypass is the road shown in Part 2 of my photos, and it's been ruined by shopping malls and other development so it's no use as a bypass.

Chris is right -- Galway is a lovely city but it has the worst traffic (by average speed) of any urban area in Ireland.

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Old November 4th, 2012, 03:33 PM   #1168
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A new one where they have also built a new hospital, that's all I remember.
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Old November 5th, 2012, 01:04 AM   #1169
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Its more of an inner relief road than a bypass... before the traffic light replacement plan there were 10 roundabouts on it and it dumps you in the middle of an estate.

Coupled with the fact that the town only has four river crossings and the town is a natural bottleneck due to Lough Corrib to the north. There is currently no grade seperated bypass, which is what is desperately needed. Oh, and no useful public transport either.
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Old November 5th, 2012, 12:55 PM   #1170
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I haven't been to Galway since they built the bypass.

So from what you're saying it's a bit like the Sligo 'bypass', but worse.
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Old November 5th, 2012, 06:54 PM   #1171
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I haven't been to Galway since they built the bypass.
So from what you're saying it's a bit like the Sligo 'bypass', but worse.
Yes but the population of Galway is 5 times larger than Sligo

The Galway (inner) bypass was built in stages during the 90s.
The new Outer Galway bypass will probably start around 2016.
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Old November 5th, 2012, 07:02 PM   #1172
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Oh I have been there since they built the bypass then
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Old November 5th, 2012, 11:11 PM   #1173
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The inner Galway City beltway was built in 1985.
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Old November 6th, 2012, 12:10 AM   #1174
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M50 J13/14 at Sandyford

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Some pictures taken around M50 J13/J14 interchange in Sandyford.

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1. The first few shots are taken from the R117 Sandyford Road overbridge. Looking east, exit 14 diverges to the left on the M50 southbound.
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2. Swinging the camera around to the west, this is the view of the M50 northbound. The Green Route (R113) runs outside the M50 mainline here, and forms part of exit 13's slip roads.
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3. The next few shots are taken from the roundabout in the middle of the map. This is taken from the SE corner of the roundabout, looking down at the N31 -> M50 northbound sliproad (exit 14).
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4. The view northeast from the same spot, looking over the M50 mainline and the J13 southbound sliproad.
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5. M50 mainline looking east (southbound).
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6. M50 J13 southbound sliproad (upper), J14 southbound offramp (towards the N31) (lower), and M50 mainline (right).
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7. M50 mainline looking west (northbound) from the NE corner of the roundabout.
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8. Looking west (northbound) from the SE corner of the roundabout.
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9. N31 -> M50 northbound slip merging with the M50 mainline. The view turned 180 degrees from photo 3.
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10. Now some shots taken from the western arm of the roundabout. M50 mainline looking east (southbound), exit 14 SB diverges to the left.
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11. Looking west, exit 14 NB slip merges to the left.
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12. The next two shots are taken from the R113 overbridge at the N31 end of the junction (the eastern side). Looking west at the diverge for J13 NB, with the bridge for J14's N31 -> M50 northbound flyover in the foreground.
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13. Looking east (southbound) from the same bridge, the M50 mainline has dropped to two lanes each way from J14 to J17 (the terminus).
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14. A panorama of the roundabout at J13.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 07:22 PM   #1175
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The M50 is a extremely good example of how to build an excellent road. We should take note of this in Finland.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 07:26 PM   #1176
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The M50 is a extremely good example of how to build an excellent road. We should take note of this in Finland.
In Poland we have more more better motorways.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 03:35 AM   #1177
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In Poland we have more more better motorways.
Do you have anything interesting to say or do you just flame????
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Old November 8th, 2012, 11:59 PM   #1179
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In Poland? Excuse me, but lol. The geometric solutions of the M50 are supreme and make it to handle very well its AADT. Show me a better motorway as this one in Poland. The only minus in M50 is left-side traffic
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Old November 9th, 2012, 12:27 AM   #1180
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It really does look good in those night pics
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