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Carlow Bypass (Part of M9)

  • 11-05-2006 4:08pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,623 ✭✭✭ Bards


    11 May 2006
    Delivery in 24 months will remove 9000 vehicles from Carlow's streets

    N9 Waterford to Dublin Motorway to take 56-minutes off journey

    The new 19km Carlow Bypass project started today (11th May, 2006) and will see over 9,000 vehicles a day removed from Carlow's streets. The project, which will be completed in just 24-months, is also another major step in the N9 Waterford to Dublin Motorway. The N9 will open in 2010 and take 56-minutes off the Waterford to Dublin journey.

    Speaking in Carlow where he turned the sod on the Bypass, Transport Minister, Martin Cullen said: "Inside the next three and a half years, we will build 110km of new road from Waterford to Dublin and in doing so, transform the lives of people who have been taking this journey for many years.

    "The Carlow Bypass becomes the second leg of the N9 to have started, with the Waterford City Bypass now also in construction. The Carlow to Waterford section is next, with work to start on the first stage of this section later this year. The final leg, Carlow to Kilcullen and Carlow to Knocktopher which are well advanced and through statutory procedure stage, will follow. These projects and the newly improved Naas Road only weeks away from completion, mean that by 2010, 56-minutes will be knocked off the journey from Waterford to Dublin. That's real improvement."

    Minister Cullen said many people would gain from the Carlow Bypass. He said: "It will mean time savings of 30 minutes to people in peak time journeys. 9,000 vehicles a day, many of them large trucks, will be removed from Carlow town, freeing up streets like Barrack Street, Tullow Street and Dublin Street. This is particularly significant, given the expansion of Carlow as a shopping destination in recent times. It is also important to emphasise again that better roads have a huge road safety dividend."

    Minister Cullen also announced an update on the Government's road investment programme. "With the Carlow Bypass now starting, it means work is underway on 25 road projects totalling 234kms. Work will start on 15 new projects this year, trebling the average number of starts in the past three years. 13 other key projects will also be completed this year. And crucially, we are delivering projects, on budget and ahead of schedule.

    "Projects like this are not just about tarmac, diggers or concrete. We are not building roads to admire them - we are building them because they make it possible to protect and grow job opportunities and to protect and grow community life in all parts of our country", he said.

    Attending the sod turning, NRA Chairman, Peter Malone said: "Work kicks off today on the billion euro road linking Dublin and Waterford which, when completed, will radically transform the road network serving the southeast of the country.

    "It is one of 5 major Inter-Urban motorways to be delivered by the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Governments Transport 21 Plan.

    The Carlow bypass is the one of a four- phase 110km road project to commence on the N9, a route of both national and regional importance. When completed in 24 months the benefits will be immediate, not only to the people of Carlow and Kildare but for everyone travelling between the Capital and the Viking City of Waterford. It will provide for much safer travel for motorists while at the same time facilitating economic and tourism growth in the region. The evidence of this can be seen across the country with the roll out of the biggest ever roads programme in the history of the state", he said.

    ENDS


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,082 Chris_533976


    Good to hear, pity its not going to be M classification but at least they're fixing it :)


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 4,314 Mod ✭✭✭✭ spacetweek


    Good to hear, pity its not going to be M classification but at least they're fixing it :)
    Though apparently it's being built to motorway standards (HQDC). Just as good, tbh.


  • Registered Users Posts: 505 ✭✭✭ PoolDude


    "With the Carlow Bypass now starting, it means work is underway on 25 road projects totalling 234kms. Work will start on 15 new projects this year, trebling the average number of starts in the past three years.

    What are they - There are 13 below including this one, so removing this one what are the other 3?




    Scheme Road Type Length (km) Estimated Completion (Quarter/Year)
    M3 Clonee/Kells (PPP Scheme) Motorway 60
    2009

    N4 Dromod Rooskey 2+1 Carriage 11
    2008

    N6 Kinnegad to Athlone Phase 2 Dual Carriageway 29
    2008

    N7 Limerick Southern Ring Road Phase 2 (PPP Scheme) Dual Carriageway 10
    2009

    N7 Nenagh to Limerick Dual Carriageway 38
    2009

    N8 Cullahill to Cashel Dual Carriageway 40
    2009

    N8 Cashel to Mitchelstown Dual Carriageway 37
    2009

    N9 Kilcullen/Waterford (Northern Section) Phase 1 Dual Carriageway 19
    2008

    N9 Kilcullen/Waterford (Southern Section) Phase 1 Dual Carriageway 24
    2009

    N11 Enniskerry Junction Improvements Footbridge -
    2008

    N11 Kilpeddar Delgany Junction Improvements Junction -
    2008

    M50 Upgrade Scheme Phase 2 (PPP Scheme) Motorway 24
    2010

    N80 Mountmellick Relief Road Single Carriageway 1
    2008


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,566 ✭✭✭ jd


    spacetweek wrote:
    Though apparently it's being built to motorway standards (HQDC). Just as good, tbh.
    100 vs 120 km/hr unless a special limit is applied


  • Registered Users Posts: 78,054 ✭✭✭✭ Victor


    I'd love to know how this one section is going to shorten the journey by 56 minutes.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,095 ✭✭✭ nordydan


    56 minutes would the overall savings along the entire upgraded N9


  • Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 371 ✭✭ Traffic


    Work started on the bypass months ago so preporatory works associated with construction ie. tree removal, fencing is well underway. Yesterday must of been the photo opp


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,082 Chris_533976


    PoolDude wrote:
    "With the Carlow Bypass now starting, it means work is underway on 25 road projects totalling 234kms. Work will start on 15 new projects this year, trebling the average number of starts in the past three years.

    What are they - There are 13 below including this one, so removing this one what are the other 3?




    Scheme Road Type Length (km) Estimated Completion (Quarter/Year)
    M3 Clonee/Kells (PPP Scheme) Motorway 60
    2009

    N4 Dromod Rooskey 2+1 Carriage 11
    2008

    N6 Kinnegad to Athlone Phase 2 Dual Carriageway 29
    2008

    N7 Limerick Southern Ring Road Phase 2 (PPP Scheme) Dual Carriageway 10
    2009

    N7 Nenagh to Limerick Dual Carriageway 38
    2009

    N8 Cullahill to Cashel Dual Carriageway 40
    2009

    N8 Cashel to Mitchelstown Dual Carriageway 37
    2009

    N9 Kilcullen/Waterford (Northern Section) Phase 1 Dual Carriageway 19
    2008

    N9 Kilcullen/Waterford (Southern Section) Phase 1 Dual Carriageway 24
    2009

    N11 Enniskerry Junction Improvements Footbridge -
    2008

    N11 Kilpeddar Delgany Junction Improvements Junction -
    2008

    M50 Upgrade Scheme Phase 2 (PPP Scheme) Motorway 24
    2010

    N80 Mountmellick Relief Road Single Carriageway 1
    2008


    **maybe** the Sarsfield and Bandon Road flyovers in Cork? I dunno.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,623 ✭✭✭ Bards


    Here are two that started this year
    ==========================

    N5 Charlestown Bypass The Charlestown bypass will be 18 km of single carriageway from the townland of Cloonlara, at the eastern end of the Swinford Bypass to Currinah on the existing N5 in Co. Roscommon between Carracastle and Ballaghaderreen. It will pass 1.6 km south of Charlestown and 0.3 km south of Carracastle. The contractor is SIAC Wills N5 JV and construction commenced in February, 2006

    N25 Waterford City Bypass (PPP) The project includes a new river crossing, a cable stay bridge with an overall length of approximately 475 m, of the River Suir in the vicinity of Grannagh, i.e. close to the location of the existing N24/N9 Junction to the North West of Waterford City. The bypass commences in the vicinity of Kilmeaden to the West of the City, crosses the River Suir at Grannagh and ties in with the existing N25 to the East of Slieverue Village. The project includes a new connection, known as the Western Link, which connects the By-Pass to industrial areas to the South West of the City and links of the N9 and N24 to the Grannagh Interchange. The scheme construction includes approximately 23 km of dual carriageway and 14 km of single carriageway. The contract was awarded to Celtic Roads Group and construction commenced in April 2006.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,859 ✭✭✭ Borzoi


    Victor wrote:
    I'd love to know how this one section is going to shorten the journey by 56 minutes.

    Have you been through Carlow at peak times? Plenty of times I've been stuck there for more than that - really it's as bad as Drogheda bridge used to be.

    Don


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  • Registered Users Posts: 221 ✭✭ paul moore


    I have been down there 5 weeks now,setting up the GPS for the job.(Trimble)
    Starting to set out the perm.fence line now,Its a big job,they say 21 months or so !!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    Victor wrote:
    I'd love to know how this one section is going to shorten the journey by 56 minutes.

    Try going through on Friday afternoon at 4 pm! Or rather don't, take a detour round the senic routes.

    Mike.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,777 ✭✭✭✭ murphaph


    I would have thought they'd have bypassed Castledermot at the same time, but I don't think that's part of this phase of the scheme.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 130 ✭✭ Fool 5000


    Cullen Turns Sod on Carlow Bypass


    11th May, 2006


    Delivery in 24 months will remove 9000 vehicles from Carlow’s streets
    N9 Waterford to Dublin Motorway to take 56 minutes off journey

    The new 19 km Carlow Bypass project started today (11th May, 2006) and will see over 9,000 vehicles a day removed from Carlow’s streets. The project, which will be completed in just 24 months, is also another major step in the development of the N9 Waterford to Dublin Motorway. The N9 will open in 2010 and take 56 minutes off the Waterford to Dublin journey.

    Speaking in Carlow where he turned the sod on the Bypass, Transport Minister, Martin Cullen said:

    “Inside the next three and a half years, we will build 110 km of new road from Waterford to Dublin and in doing so, transform the lives of people who have been taking this journey for many years.

    The Carlow Bypass is the first leg of the N9 to have started, which links the Waterford City Bypass now also in construction. The Carlow to Waterford section is next, with work to start on the first stage of this section later this year. The final leg, Kilcullen to Carlow and Carlow to Knocktopher which are well advanced and through statutory procedure stage, will follow. These projects and the newly improved Naas Road only weeks away from completion, mean that by 2010, 56 minutes will be knocked off the journey from Waterford to Dublin. That’s real improvement.”

    Minister Cullen said many people would gain from the Carlow Bypass. He said:

    “It will mean time savings of 30 minutes to people in peak time journeys. 9,000 vehicles a day, many of them large trucks, will be removed from Carlow town, freeing up streets like Barrack Street, Tullow Street and Dublin Street. This is particularly significant, given the expansion of Carlow as a shopping destination in recent times. It is also important to emphasise again that better roads have a huge road safety dividend.”
    Minister Cullen also announced an update on the Government’s road investment programme. He announced,

    “With the Carlow Bypass now starting, it means work is underway on 25 road projects totalling 234 kms. Work will start on 15 new projects this year, trebling the average number of starts in the past three years. 13 other key projects will also be completed this year. And crucially, we are delivering projects, on budget and ahead of schedule.

    Projects like this are not just about tarmac, diggers or concrete. We are not building roads to admire them - we are building them because they make it possible to protect and grow job opportunities and to protect and grow community life in all parts of our country”

    Attending the sod turning, NRA Chairman, Peter Malone said:

    “Work kicks off today on the billion euro road linking Dublin and Waterford which, when completed, will radically transform the road network serving the southeast of the country. It is one of 5 major Inter-Urban motorways to be delivered by the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Government's Transport 21 Plan. The Carlow bypass is the one of a four- phase 110 km road project to commence on the N9, a route of both national and regional importance. When completed in 24 months the benefits will be immediate, not only to the people of Carlow and Kildare but for everyone travelling between the Capital and the Viking City of Waterford. It will provide for much safer travel for motorists while at the same time facilitating economic and tourism growth in the region. The evidence of this can be seen across the country with the roll out of the biggest ever roads programme in the history of the state”.
    For further information please contact 01 6658744/086 8230600

    Carlow Bypass – highlights

    19 km of new high quality dual carriageway
    Three grade separated junctions at Powerstown (N9), Rathcrogue (N80) and Prumplestown (N9)
    13 road bridges, one river crossing, one rail crossing, one farm accommodation bridge and two farm accommodation underpasses as well as a pedestrian cyclist underpass at Rathcrogue

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,772 Lennoxschips


    a motorway for 9000 vehicles a day? you'll be able to stop on the verge and have a picnic


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,777 ✭✭✭✭ murphaph


    That's 9000 through Carlow! So that includes Kilkenny traffic. Take away the Kilkenny traffic and imagine how few vehicles will be found on this road south of the city :eek:

    From debating this over on SABRE it seems a town in Britain with 9000 vehicles a day would barely get a bypass, nevermind a motorway grade one. The british lads are very confused. Having recently used that N9 cart-track however I understand that something had to be done and with all the ribbon development that took place along it, the only safe and sensible option was to include a fair bit of offline new-build, so then the question is: Motorway or 2+1?

    I personally think a motorway is probably overkill but I'm not militantly against it as Waterford has potential to develop significantly over the next couple of decades and at the end of the day, all the counties this road passes through are net contributors to the economy, so if the N17/18/20 is to be dualled through Galway, Clare and Limerick then the 'M9' is fair enough.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    Its called future-proofing.

    Mike.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,777 ✭✭✭✭ murphaph


    This is gonna be a toll road isn't it? Any idea of the cost of the toll(s) anyone?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,623 ✭✭✭ Bards


    This road will be toll free. There will however be a toll on the new Waterord Bridge (Part of the Waterford City Bypass).


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,082 Chris_533976


    **sigh** another ring road with a toll.

    Didnt work the first time, wont work now.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    Nah its okay this time as its a tax on Kilkenny commuters! ;)

    Mike.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,233 ✭✭✭ mackerski


    a motorway for 9000 vehicles a day? you'll be able to stop on the verge and have a picnic

    No, a non-motorway. The writer of the article just doesn't know the difference.

    Dermot


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,777 ✭✭✭✭ murphaph


    Erm, no toll at all? So Dublin-Newry=1 toll, Dublin-Kells=1 toll, Dublin-Mullingar=1 toll, Dublin-Galway=2 tolls, Dublin-Limerick=2? tolls, Dublin-Cork=2 tolls yet the two interurbans serving the southeast are to be toll free? Seems pretty odd.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    No doubt its an oversight which will be corrected now its been pointed out.

    Mike.


  • Registered Users Posts: 78,054 ✭✭✭✭ Victor


    There was the option of going Waterford - Kilkenny - Johnstown (on the N/M8), but the councils got uppity, especially as Carlow would be "motorwayless", which it will be anyway, now.

    The route to Dublin would have been marginally longer, but only half the road would need to be built.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,772 Lennoxschips


    A high quality lane of road can take about 1500 vehicle equivalents per hour. So the Carlow bypass is built to take 3000 vehicle equivalents per hour, in each direction, or 6000 in both directions. Again this is per hour.

    There will be only 9000 vehicles using the road in both directions over the entire course of a day.

    The dual carriageway is a massive overkill. A high quality single carriageway or 2+1 would have provided plenty of futureproofing. A dual carriageway is only inviting Dublin urban sprawl.

    Surely a better solution would have been to build the Dublin - Cork motorway somewhere between the N8 and the N9, following a route of Naas-Athy-Kilkenny-Clonmel-Cork, rather than upgrading both routes. With the money saved, the whole route could have been finished by now, and would be used more efficiently.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,874 ✭✭✭✭ road_high


    Damn right it's gona be a dual carriageway- the current two lane just can't cope with the current vloumes.For too long we in the S east have taken second best with infrastructure.

    Exactly, its called planning for future road needs; look what happened with M50 capacity 20 years ago- woefully inadequate for today.
    This area has seen double figure population growth, which i'm sure the census will only further confirm!

    They looked at bringing this road via athy/castlecomer both the 15 mile terrain between these two towns wasn't very ameniable for road building. An no of problems included altidude (thus worse weather condidtions) and poor soil structure.
    Also it would have been very unpopular politically in Tipperary and Laois!The N8 has long been established as the main Cork road and it would have been v difficult to change this.
    I think they should have brought the N9 up via Carlow-athy-Monasterevin and link in the new M7??


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,095 ✭✭✭ nordydan


    It seems like a bit of a nonsense on this scheme that the N10 spur for kilkenny is not dual carriageway.
    Considering its short length the increase to the value of the scheme would have been minimal and would have avoided the need for future disruption when the inevitable upgrade would occur.
    If the boys in the Dail are serious about decentralisation, then surely they are planning for towns such as kilkenny to increase substantially in population.


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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 4,314 Mod ✭✭✭✭ spacetweek


    Thought I'd resurrect this thread on the M9 since we have the Carlow Bypass apparently going to open this July 2008.

    Some topics people were discussing back in 2006 included :

    -The road would be HQDC not motorway (it now will be a motorway) - some people thought this was underspec and wanted the M, some thought it was way over-spec and reckoned a single carriageway would suffice.

    -The N10 Kilkenny link is going to be single carriageway - I'd agree here that this should at least be 2+2. The old arrangement was that there were two parts to the N10 - the southern approach from waterford and the northern one from Dublin. Now there will only be one approach - although the old roads will remain, signage will presumably direct all traffic to use the link road.

    -Routing the M8 and M9 along one big motorway via Waterford and an upgraded N25 to Cork - I think this one doesn't hold any water due to the large number of towns on the N8 that would be missed out by this.

    -The road will be untolled - this is still the case and an anomoly in a national context for a major interurban. Only a few duallers/motorways will escape the toll virus - M9, N11, M18.


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