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Old May 16th, 2015, 02:05 AM   #1421
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Ireland is probably one of the countries in Europe which in recent years has been rapidly building new motorways. Actually, Ireland has been quite impressive in quickly building highly highways since 2000.

But sees Ireland as a more or less finished now? Or is there more big projects are waiting?
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Old May 16th, 2015, 11:45 AM   #1422
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Ireland hasn't opened any new motorways in the last 5 years.
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Old May 16th, 2015, 11:53 AM   #1423
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There's the Gort-Tuam and Arklow-Rathnew (M11 gap) motorway under construction.

After that it's just the M11 Enniscorthy bypass and M20 Limerick-Cork that are planned as motorway.
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Old May 16th, 2015, 02:32 PM   #1424
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That is correct Sotonsi.

In the longer term out to 2030, widening of some motorways near Dublin ( M7 around Naas, M50 south near M11 , M11 around Bray and M1 to Balbriggan and M4 to Maynooth will also be considered. Thereafter an outer Dublin Orbital motorway of some sort will be built to Motorway standard. The N22 around Macroom in west Cork is to be built to an M standard but not signed as such, it is in the top 10 projects to be actioned over the next few years.

The current M20 will be extended west past Adare too ( new section signed as M21) and that is in planning as an option right now and is more likely to be the final route than a more northerly one. That would be 10km long at most. This is around the top 10 projects to be actioned but lower down the pecking order. There are as many 2+2 roads as HQDC roads in the top 10 now.

It is also probable that a few feeder roads into Cork will be improved to an M standard but perhaps signed as unrestricted N roads, N25, N40 Cork North Ring and N28 to the giant Viagra factory along with the N71 to Inishshannon and generally over the same timescale. The lack of alternative routes in the hilly terrain around Cork makes it hard to bring in M restrictions and anyway Cork already has a 120kph N road or 2 so a few more will do no harm.

Other than those, and perhaps some short N24 segments built to motorway standard at both ends and N4 to Longford from its current terminus near Mullingar no futher motorway construction is anticipated in Ireland.

Nordic 2+2 will be the main high capacity roadtype under consideration by length. That will be restricted to 100kph but as Ireland is a small country that won't delay anyone overly.

That would be it for the foreseeable future.
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Old May 18th, 2015, 03:42 PM   #1425
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Upcoming motorway openings:
M11 Wicklow-Arklow : August 2015
M17/M18 Gort-Tuam : February 2018
M11 Enniscorthy Bypass : 2019

M20 Cork-Limerick : 2020s?
Leinster Outer Orbital : 2020s?

No others are confirmed and probably would all be small anyway.
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Old May 25th, 2015, 02:27 PM   #1426
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M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Project

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M11 Enniscorthy Bypass : 2019
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Scheme Description: The M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Motorway will run from the Southern end of the Gorey Bypass at Clogh to Scurlocksbush at Oilgate and will incorporate the Enniscorthy Bypass. This section of the scheme will be 27km and the scheme will also include a 4km dual carriageway connecting the new motorway to the existing N11 at Scarawalsh and a further 8km single carriageway link from Scarawalsh to the N30 at Clohass.
M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Scheme Route Map (PDF Document, 8,028 kbs)


News article from February 2015: The contract for the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy bypass is expected to be signed by the summer, with the new road likely to be opened by early in 2019.
The M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP Scheme is 41km in length with a new 27km motorway and tie-in to the east of Enniscorthy, an 8km single carriageway bypass to the west of Enniscorthy, a 4Km dual carriageway section linking the N30 and N80 that crosses the Slaney.
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Old June 13th, 2015, 08:42 PM   #1427
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Driving N40 from Jack Lynch Tunnel to Kinsale Junction
BTW, time and date is wrong, it is from a few days ago
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Old June 14th, 2015, 04:28 PM   #1428
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M8 from Fermoy to Dunkettle.
Filmed on Tuesday around 6pm. Very light traffic, joy to drive.
When I drove this route on Sunday morning it was so empty that there were moments that I haven't seen a single car in front of me or in a rear view mirror.
I really like driving in Ireland, way more relaxed than in the UK or Poland. I guess it is partially due to lover population density.





I was also trying to record N25 from Dungarvan to Waterford (including the bypass) but something went wrong with my camera so there is no movie from that route
Again, even if it is not dual carriageway it was still quite a pleasant drive. It looked to me as sufficient road for the traffic levels on it. Once they bypass the bottlenecks of New Ross and Enniscorthy it will be a grand route from the ferry terminal to my lady's place
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Old June 19th, 2015, 09:59 PM   #1429
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M11 Arklow - Rathnew will open 'in the next few weeks'. http://www.thejournal.ie/m11-roadwor...72283-Jun2015/
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Old June 27th, 2015, 08:35 AM   #1430
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M17/M18 construction is gathering speed

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Old July 8th, 2015, 02:03 AM   #1431
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Word is that the government will announce a 5 year Investment programme in Roads shortly, between now and the end of August. Lots of jockeying to get schemes onto the list. Government to increase capital spending on new road builds by some €100 of Millions a year starting 2017 or _perhaps_ as early as 2016.

Only 6 new schemes I can confirm will be included are:
  • Galway Bypass N6
  • Naas Bypass M7 Widening to 3 lanes as far as the M9 junction.
  • Longford - Ballaghaderreen N5
  • Dunkettle Junction N8/N25
  • Patrickswell-Foynes M22/N69 *rerouted N69 starting from Rathkeale not Limerick *
  • M11 Widening Shankill ( or maybe M25 Sandyford) to Fassaroe near Bray.

The 2 PPP projects already tendered but not at construction will be included too. Both in the South East in Wexford.
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Old July 8th, 2015, 10:12 AM   #1432
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Patrickswell-Foynes M22/N69 *rerouted N69 starting from Rathkeale not Limerick
You mean M21, not M22.

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M11 Widening Shankill ( or maybe M25 Sandyford) to Fassaroe near Bray.
Almost certainly from the M50 at Shankill, rather than from a non-existent (in Ireland) road, from a place the M11 doesn't reach

It would be nice if they looked to plug that gap in M11, from exit 6 to exit 14.
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The 2 PPP projects already tendered but not at construction will be included too. Both in the South East in Wexford.
M11/N30 Enniskillen bypass and N25/N30 New Ross bypass.
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Old July 8th, 2015, 02:03 PM   #1433
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M11/N30 Enniskillen bypass and N25/N30 New Ross bypass
Enniskorthy not Enniskillen

Any indication when are they going to sign the contracts and start the actual construction??

On Boards.ie someone posted cool video of blasting on the M17/M18 construction:


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Old July 8th, 2015, 02:08 PM   #1434
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You mean M21, not M22.
It would be nice if they looked to plug that gap in M11, from exit 6 to exit 14.
M11/N30 Enniskillen bypass and N25/N30 New Ross bypass.
Yes I meant M22. It will still be a short stub of a motorway.

The Gap is too much eco hassle. It will remain a DC for some time yet.

And you mean Enniscorthy????
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And you mean Enniscorthy????
Yes, damn Skitts law.

You succumbed to it too:
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Yes I meant M22. It will still be a short stub of a motorway.
You made the same mistake as your OP - it should be 21, not 22. Patrickswell is the N20/N21 junction, rather than on the Tralee-Cork road.


Technically the M21 already exists - that is a genuinely short stub of motorway, not a few miles (longer than the existing M20) that will exist after this scheme. It is literally the westbound underpass at Patrickswell and a very short section of eastbound road between sliproads. Legislation describing the N21 route uses capitals for PATRICKSWELL, and capitals mean motorway section.

The N10 has a similar crazy-short motorway section.
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Old July 8th, 2015, 02:56 PM   #1436
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Opening date for the 16km M11 Arklow - Rathnew section is next monday the 13th of July.

This will be the first NEW motorway opened in Ireland since the 12km 'Bog of Doom' section of the M7 was finally opened in September 2010 and the M18 Gort - Crusheen motorway in November 2010.

Been a long time. We won't see a near 5 year gap like that between openings in future thank God, even if the schemes themselves are nothing like the scale of the 2000s where near 500km of motorway was under simultaneous construction at peak in around 2007/8
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Old July 8th, 2015, 03:02 PM   #1437
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Technically the M21 already exists - that is a genuinely short stub of motorway, not a few miles (longer than the existing M20) that will exist after this scheme.
Dammit M21. Yes it already 'exists' , yes it is tiny and no it will never go much beyond Adare to the west and yes nobody knows quite where it starts yet until the M20 is built off towards Cork from an as yet to be decided junction around Patrickswell somewhere.

But they will hardly continue the old M20 around Adare neither. It will be an M21 Adare Bypass.
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Old July 9th, 2015, 05:55 PM   #1438
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Update on the longest motorway project under construction. Gort - Tuam M18 and M17 and N17

http://galwaybayfm.ie/hopes-gort-tua...lier-expected/

The northern section near Tuam is flying along ( see Geogregors vid a few posts back) and the Tuam Bypass section ( 2+2) at the northern end will likely open by July 2017 latest and possibly even by May 2017.

Roadbridge are the contractors building that northern end.

The more southerly sections are being built by 2 different contractors. The middle section around the existing M6 by Sisk and the southern section tying in to M18 Gort by Lagan/Wills as I understand it. It does not look likely right now that these contractors will finish their ends by July 2017 and an October 2017 opening date would be more like the target from what I can see of the works. Lets say that nothing worth photographing has presented itself south of the M6....only a few rather desultory earthworks. They largely missed the hedge clearing season which ended in March and cannot resume clearing until September.

Once earthworks are fully underway I hear the 'Openstreetmap Ireland Drone' is due to be deployed to get some accurate GPS tracks of the project ( and vids). Not before next summer for sure.
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Old July 9th, 2015, 09:32 PM   #1439
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The more southerly sections are being built by 2 different contractors. The middle section around the existing M6 by Sisk and the southern section tying in to M18 Gort by Lagan/Wills as I understand it. It does not look likely right now that these contractors will finish their ends by July 2017 and an October 2017 opening date would be more like the target from what I can see of the works. Lets say that nothing worth photographing has presented itself south of the M6....only a few rather desultory earthworks. They largely missed the hedge clearing season which ended in March and cannot resume clearing until September.
Why delay on the southern half? Did they appoint subcontractors too late? It seems like due to the clearance delays they lost one summer season.

Anyway, question for the locals. Which half is more important? Northern or southern? Looking on map and from a national perspective it looks like the bit from M6 to M18 in Gort would be more crucial. It will close gap in connection between Galway and Shannon and Limerick.

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Once earthworks are fully underway I hear the 'Openstreetmap Ireland Drone' is due to be deployed to get some accurate GPS tracks of the project ( and vids). Not before next summer for sure.
Send the drone now!!!
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Irish contractors have lost a lot of their capability in recent years and it takes some longer to get up to speed than others. Too many lean years and much caution.!
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