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Old April 30th, 2013, 06:54 PM   #1201
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So, let's see if I got this right. The M50 is Dublin's "Ring Road". Is it 3 or 2 lanes for each direction? Emergency lane doesn't count!
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Two. And major congested on the west side during peak periods.
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Old May 1st, 2013, 02:02 PM   #1203
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I have just came back from Ireland and I have to say it was one of my favorite countries to drive around.
I did about 1800km in six days on anything from the M50 Dublin orbital motorway to some single lane tracks on Beara Peninsula.

First thing I noticed is the fact how quiet the roads are in comparison to the UK or even Poland. Amazing. I drove mid week at different hours between Dublin and Cork and between Galway and Dublin and motorways really felt deserted. There were moments when I couldn't see any car in front or behind me. It was kind of weird. The only exception was obviously M50.

I found local drivers pretty good. They drive quite fast but with purpose and confidence. Some occasional slow moving vehicles were clearly rentals driven by tourists. I guess that aspect gets worse as the tourist season progresses and more foreigners arrive to tour the island. I can imagine tour buses might be a pain, especially in county Kerry or in Connemara.
Fortunately at this time of the year we encountered relatively few lost Americans or coaches full of old Germans

Here are few shots from the drive between Galway and Dublin.

Athlone bypass

M6 again
I've driven from Dublin to Galway when the motorway wasn't there yet. Complete nightmare! Reminds me of driving from Berlin to Vilnius.
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Old May 1st, 2013, 03:56 PM   #1204
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Two. And major congested on the west side during peak periods.
What? When were you last on it! It is four lanes each way, not including stopping lanes. It does not suffer from particularly severe congestion since it was thoroughly remodelled in 2010.
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Old May 1st, 2013, 03:58 PM   #1205
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Oh right. I haven't been there since then. I think 2009 was the last time.
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Old May 1st, 2013, 04:44 PM   #1206
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Any pictures of the sections of M50 with more than 2 lanes for each direction?
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Old May 1st, 2013, 05:34 PM   #1207
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Popular Mechanics USA lists "Conor Pass" (Dingle Peninsula in Kerry) as part of its "top 20 best driving roads in the world" feature

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars...dragon#slide-7

Seems legit.

I think this should be worth the four hour (minimum) drive from Dublin.
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Old May 2nd, 2013, 02:11 AM   #1208
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Crossing the borders [Irish Republic - Northern Ireland (UK)].

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Old May 2nd, 2013, 01:48 PM   #1209
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Any pictures of the sections of M50 with more than 2 lanes for each direction?
http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/...2_7544a652.jpg
http://www.dublincity.ie/dublintraff...16Camera81.jpg
More traffic cams here (some are of the southern section which is 6-laned):
http://www.dublincity.ie/dublintraffic/

Also it is visible in Google Maps.
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Old May 11th, 2013, 08:25 AM   #1210
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Upgrade of an interchange on the N3 at Blanchardstown (suburb of Dublin)










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Old May 11th, 2013, 10:57 AM   #1211
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Construction will also soon begin for a new interchange in N7 at Newlands Cross. They signed a contract for it on April 30.
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Old May 11th, 2013, 04:55 PM   #1212
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I've driven from Dublin to Galway when the motorway wasn't there yet. Complete nightmare! Reminds me of driving from Berlin to Vilnius.
I drove that route in 1998 or 1999. It was during the day, not the rush hour, and if I remember rightly it was school holidays. The single-carriageway N6 (which it all was, except the Athlone by-pass which was indistinguishable from a motorway except for the green signs) was quite wide - there was a wide "main lane" to the right and a slow lane to the left that you were expected to pull into if someone wanted to get past, and was also used by tractors, etc, so they didn't disrupt normal traffic - something you don't get on any British road. I found it worked quite well and there were no major delays.
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You mean the crawler lane? They were only there in small stages. Plenty of pubs on the way though...
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I drove that route in 1998 or 1999. It was during the day, not the rush hour, and if I remember rightly it was school holidays. The single-carriageway N6 (which it all was, except the Athlone by-pass which was indistinguishable from a motorway except for the green signs) was quite wide - there was a wide "main lane" to the right and a slow lane to the left that you were expected to pull into if someone wanted to get past, and was also used by tractors, etc, so they didn't disrupt normal traffic - something you don't get on any British road. I found it worked quite well and there were no major delays.
People pulling into hard shoulders to let others pass is a trait of Irish driving, major single carriageways have hard shoulders and therefore room for this, it's not allowed on motorways though
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Old May 12th, 2013, 05:16 PM   #1215
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People pulling into hard shoulders to let others pass is a trait of Irish driving, major single carriageways have hard shoulders and therefore room for this, it's not allowed on motorways though
People do the same thing in Poland. However it is dangerous practice because it encourages overtaking in the wrong places as people assume that traffic just move over onto hard shoulder.
To avoid it Polish road authority started painting solid shoulder lines (stopping only in emergency, like on motorways) or even physically rebuilding roads to narrower standard.
I guess in Ireland some of the wide roads could be upgraded to 1+2 standard. Especially on busier stretches it would be safer.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 08:59 PM   #1216
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Its also dangerous as the hard shoulder is frequently potholed and ends without warning.
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People do the same thing in Poland. However it is dangerous practice because it encourages overtaking in the wrong places as people assume that traffic just move over onto hard shoulder.
To avoid it Polish road authority started painting solid shoulder lines (stopping only in emergency, like on motorways) or even physically rebuilding roads to narrower standard.
I guess in Ireland some of the wide roads could be upgraded to 1+2 standard. Especially on busier stretches it would be safer.
The lines in Ireland are broken though;



If this is the road that I think it is, I was once in a car that went along the hard shoulder at 100km/h to let some military cars past
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Old May 16th, 2013, 11:54 AM   #1218
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€100m Dunkettle interchange project given green light

Thursday, May 16, 2013

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light to National Roads Authority (NRA) plans for a €100m upgrade of the Jack Lynch Tunnel/Dunkettle interchange.



By Sean O’Riordan

The board voted by a three-to-one majority to approve the scheme, at one of the country’s busiest junctions.

It also approved the issuing of Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) which are required as the NRA needs to acquire land to construct some elevated new slip roads.

More than 90,000 daily vehicle movements have been recorded at the junction.

An Bord Pleanála agreed with an NRA submission that an upgrade was needed to alleviate the level of congestion currently being experienced at the junction during peak times.

Despite some objections, the board felt the proposed development would not be likely to have any significant adverse effects on the environment.

The board, however, imposed a number of conditions.

They include a proviso the NRA carry out a number of mitigation measures to ensure no adverse impact on flora and fauna in the area.

Automatic traffic counters will also have to be installed in the area and the NRA will be required to carry out a review of traffic flow at the planned upgraded junction every two years.

Plans for a proposed cycle path on a section of the upgraded junction have been refused because the board considered it could contribute to accidents.

An oral hearing took place at the Silver Springs Moran Hotel over two days last December.

At the hearing, the NRA’s team of experts argued congestion was costing the State and the upgrade would save commuters a significant amount of time.

The plan involves creating a number of dedicated local access roads around the junction, thus separating those making local journeys from regional and national journeys.

The signalised roundabout at the northern end of the tunnel will be removed for total free flow and a dedicated slip road will be built on the city side of the tunnel so traffic can directly access the northbound lanes of the M8.

NRA spokesman Sean O’Neill said he welcomed the Bord Pleanála decision.

“We would like to move forward on the scheme but it is subject to funding being made available. It will cost in the region of €100m,” he said.

The decision is also likely to be welcomed by the Port of Cork which was refused planning permission by An Bord Pleanála for a major new cargo-handling terminal in Ringaskiddy. The main reason for the refusal was the increased HGV traffic this would generate would have further impacted on tunnel congestion.

The port authority, meanwhile, is about to resubmit planning for a scaled-down terminal in Ringaskiddy.



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May 15, 2013 - 6:04pm

The Transport Minister has also confirmed that an embargo on spending in relation to the city outer bypass will be lifted.

The embargo was imposed by Former transport Minister Noel Dempsey pending the resolution of an ongoing legal challenge.

The European Court of Justice recently issued a ruling which found the project as planned would breach the EU habitats directive.

A ruling is now awaited by the Supreme court.

Speaking in the Daíl, Leo Varadkar says lifting the ban will enable other preliminary work on the outer city bypass to take place.

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NRA in discussions over contract for Gort to Tuam motorway
May 15, 2013 - 6:03pm

The National Roads Authority is asking the preferred bidder for the Gort to Tuam motorway to stand over the bid it submitted for the project some years ago.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed a commercial discussion is now taking place between the two parties.

Around 2 weeks ago, the European Investment bank announced it had agreed in principal to fund the M17/18 project.

It's one of three public private partnerships which have been given the assurance, all of which were part of the Government's stimulus package announced last year.

Speaking in the Daíl, Leo Varadakar would not be drawn on time-frames but said the Government plans to get the project completed soon.

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A map of the proposed N8/N25 Dunkettle scheme can be found here.
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Old May 30th, 2013, 09:58 PM   #1219
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M1 widening between exits 3 and 4 looks almost complete








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Old June 6th, 2013, 12:03 PM   #1220
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Work to begin on major roads upgrade
Updated: 07:34, Thursday, 06 June 2013


The entire project is due to be completed within two years

A major roads upgrade project officially gets under way today, with Transport Minister Leo Varadkar set to officially start work on the N7 and N11 improvements.

The €282m project will remove the bottleneck at Newlands Cross on the N7 in Dublin, and upgrade the N11 between Arklow and Rathnew to a four-lane dual carriageway.

The Newlands Cross Fly-over will remove the last traffic light between Cork, Limerick, Waterford and the border with Northern Ireland.

The N11 upgrade will improve road safety on a dangerous stretch of road and will also include the first service station on the N11, on the Gorey bypass.

The entire project is due to be completed within two years.

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