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Old October 22nd, 2015, 09:29 PM   #1481
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Not the Cork end that is there now..where is the alternative to that.
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Old November 1st, 2015, 01:40 PM   #1482
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Found these videos on youtube. Not the latest but good overview of progress on the M17/M18 project:



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Old November 2nd, 2015, 07:08 PM   #1483
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Found these videos on youtube. Not the latest but good overview of progress on the M17/M18 project:

Great to see the progress.
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Old November 30th, 2015, 05:39 PM   #1484
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Roadbridge complete blasting through their main cutting in Corofin near Tuam on the M17. I

(jump to 2 mins to see long shots of overall progress. )

No reason to assume that the M17 will not be completed in time for the Races in 2017. The M18....meh! Sisk are almost finished blasting a few miles south of this in Annagh Hill too and the bridge lift over the M6 is now finished.

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Old December 2nd, 2015, 06:51 PM   #1485
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Details of the route of the Limerick - Foynes Road Improvement Scheme have been revealed. The scheme incorporates an upgrade of a section of the N21 from Adare to Rathkeale to dual carriageway standard and a high quality limited access road from there to Foynes

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Old December 2nd, 2015, 08:24 PM   #1486
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This scheme is mainly an M21 section around Adare and a 1+1 N69 spur to the NW near where it ends around Rathkeale. Adare is one of the worst Primary Network bottlenecks in Ireland, never having been bypassed. Any improvements west of Rathkeale will be expressway standard not motorway.

http://foyneslimerick.ie/

Start date onsite probably 2018 for this scheme.
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 10:27 PM   #1487
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This scheme is mainly an M21 section around Adare and a 1+1 N69 spur to the NW near where it ends around Rathkeale. Adare is one of the worst Primary Network bottlenecks in Ireland, never having been bypassed. Any improvements west of Rathkeale will be expressway standard not motorway.

Start date onsite probably 2018 for this scheme.
Is the Adare - Rathkeale element definately going to be Motorway? I would hope it would be.

This scheme is going to place added emphasis on the need for an N21 dual carraigeway from Rathkeale - Tralee with bypasses of Newcastlewest & Abbeyfeale. Patrickswell became Adare and Newcastlwest will be the new jam site on the N21. It's a very high traffic road considering the bottlenecks it has
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 11:32 PM   #1488
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It would be shortsighted were the road not a Motorway. Not too worried about bypassing Abbeyfeale and Newcastle West either. The entire N 24 needs upgrading first on the other side of Limerick and half the roads into Cork City.

All higher priorities than those two towns which are not epic bottlenecks like Adare is .

Not forgetting Killarney-Farranfore needs an upgrade too and Macroom - Ballyvourney should start by 2018 or sooner too.
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Old December 4th, 2015, 05:52 AM   #1489
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It would be shortsighted were the road not a Motorway. Not too worried about bypassing Abbeyfeale and Newcastle West either. The entire N 24 needs upgrading first on the other side of Limerick and half the roads into Cork City.

All higher priorities than those two towns which are not epic bottlenecks like Adare is .

Not forgetting Killarney-Farranfore needs an upgrade too and Macroom - Ballyvourney should start by 2018 or sooner too.
I'd agree with you on all of those points

* The N24 approaching Limerick is also approaching motorway levels, but unlike the N21 it has no Adare-like bottleneck but it is dirty narrow S2.

* The roads into Cork city need so much investment at this stage it's beyond belief. The only road into Cork of acceptable quality is the N8 and that's because it's now a motorway. The N20 to Mallow, N22 to Macroom, N25 beyond Midleton, N28 and N71 all have AADTs of 15k+. No rail services bar from Mallow, and the N20 from Mallow has an AADT of 16k for a wide S2.

* N22 Killarney - Farranfore needs upgrading as the Killarney relief road is now at capacity (at grade junctions) and the Killarney - Farranfore N22 section was never upgraded. Killarney - Ballyvourney is mostly straight WS2 upgraded piecemeal in the 1980s/1990s

The Munster axis of N20/N21/N22/N23 are now all far outdated and need upgrading, travel times on N20/N21/N22/N21-N23 are 2 hrs or so for 4 ~100km roads
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 02:03 PM   #1490
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Anyone have the 2016 allocations for funding of road schemes by TII?
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Old December 24th, 2015, 11:46 PM   #1491
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Anyone have the 2016 allocations for funding of road schemes by TII?
http://www.tii.ie/news/press-release...%20for%202016/

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Old January 26th, 2016, 09:52 PM   #1492
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Great aerial shot of junction being constructed where future M17/M18 will meet M6. It will be grade separated big roundabout with separate left turning slips.

This picture is a bit old, the beams for the overpasses above the M6 were installed a few weeks ago, but I couldn't find any more up to date aerials on the project website:


On a bit less positive note, already constructed Service Area on the M11 Gorey bypass is still in limbo:
http://www.independent.ie/regionals/...-34378667.html

But to finish on yet anoter positive bit of news it seems that contract for the N25 New Ross bypass was finally signed.
http://paschaldonohoe.ie/ministers-d...s-ppp-project/

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/envir...arch-1.2511406
Picture in the Irish Times article is of a bridge in Portland, the one in New Ross will be way taller and longer
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Old January 27th, 2016, 11:49 AM   #1493
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I managed to find more recent shot of Rathimorrissy Junction in their Q1 Newsletter:


Rathmorrissy Junction
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Old February 1st, 2016, 11:43 PM   #1494
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Official sod turning ceremony on the N25 New Ross bypass scheme happened today:
http://kclr96fm.com/87328-2/

I know there are elections happening soon in Ireland so I can see why this event happened now

Still, if looming elections helped to focus minds on finalizing all the outstanding issues around this contract and pushed for its signing then let's have elections every few months
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 10:27 PM   #1495
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Years ago I downloaded PDF file with quite detailed map of New Ross bypass.
I don't remember from where so I'll post some pages converted to JPEGs here


New Ross N25 Bypass-page-001
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New Ross N25 Bypass-page-002
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New Ross N25 Bypass-page-003
by Geogregor*, on Flickr


New Ross N25 Bypass-page-004
by Geogregor*, on Flickr


New Ross N25 Bypass-page-005
by Geogregor*, on Flickr


New Ross N25 Bypass-page-006
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New Ross N25 Bypass-page-007
by Geogregor*, on Flickr


New Ross N25 Bypass-page-008
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So there will be three at grade roundabouts (existing N25 tie-in west of New Ross, N25 tie-in east of New Ross and tie-in with N30). The only grade separated junction will be with R733. Pity they didn't think about grade separation where the bypass will tie-in to the existing N25, east and west of New Ross.
Still I'm looking forward to follow this project
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 10:29 PM   #1496
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Roundabouts:

New Ross N25 Bypass-page-009
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New Ross N25 Bypass-page-010
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New Ross N25 Bypass-page-011
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Old February 4th, 2016, 10:41 AM   #1497
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The N25 is an isolated section built to motorway standards but bookended by S2 and roundabouts. It has a noteworthy bridge, is all.
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Old February 4th, 2016, 11:42 AM   #1498
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The N25 is an isolated section built to motorway standards but bookended by S2 and roundabouts. It has a noteworthy bridge, is all.
True.
Thinking more about it, those roundabouts will be good for safety. They will clearly slow drivers at the end of this isolated dual carriageway section.

BTW, are they any plans to dual the stretch between Waterford Bypass and New Ross Bypass? There won't be many km between those schemes.
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Old February 4th, 2016, 03:55 PM   #1499
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BTW, are they any plans to dual the stretch between Waterford Bypass and New Ross Bypass? There won't be many km between those schemes.
Yes , that is the Waterford to Glenmore scheme, but it is suspended.
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AADT is not epic on Waterford - Glenmore which is already wide S2. Much of the N25 Waterford-Cork needs doing properly first.
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