Reichsautobahn perhaps? Is there one planned for Longford?
Here is a link to some photo's we took last week, Mostly Aerial Photographs..
Thanks pj, would you post some more if you get any updates?
Looks a fine piece of road. Pity they are not making it 2+2 like the Castleisland bypass, assume it's still Single Carriageway?
No it only gonna be a Type 2 single carriageway
From the video, I'm really amazed at the width of the road, and generous engineering specs. Looks like a lot of levelling had to take place.
The reservation seems very wide for a singler.
from talking to the engineers, it turns out that there is 3 metre verges along the whole road, therefor in the future if they ever want to make a dual carriageway out of it the bulk work is done, merely surfacing and re-lining. They structures were also built wide enough to along for the future works with 4 metre wide hard shoulders on each of the bridges
Sounds great that they future proof it, but I highly doubt you'd ever need dual here? They should really be rerouting the N5 elsewhere, as discussed before.
If they ever intended to dual it, they'd need to dual part of the current Longford BP and its access road to the future N4 DC from Mullingar to Roosky. Unlikely.
AADT is very low.... no chance of it ever becoming a dual carriageway
Given the circuitousness of the route I wonder what % N4 - N5 traffic will use it rather than go through town?
Its quite likely to be a LOT quicker for N5->N4 traffic but don't think it'll have the same effect the other way.
Along the current N5 route through the town you have:
- The end of the Ballinalee Road (the last portion of which was redesignated from R194 to N5 when the original bypass was built) is on a T-junction where traffic coming into the town must yield to vast amounts of local traffic coming up and down the old Dublin Road.
- Traffic in the town can often be a nightmare itself.
- Traffic lights at the Longford arms and a narrow route down Richmond Street.
Circuitous or not, the only logical reason for not using the bypass when finished is if you want to stop in the town, e.g. to grab a take away from Luigis.