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N25 - Waterford City Bypass

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 28,173 Mossy Monk


    Does anyone know where exactly the toll booths are situated on the city bypass. Is it possible to go from Dungarvan to Waterford on the new road and not pay a toll?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 478 ✭✭ wellbutty


    Mossy Monk wrote: »
    Does anyone know where exactly the toll booths are situated on the city bypass. Is it possible to go from Dungarvan to Waterford on the new road and not pay a toll?

    The toll plaza is just before the Suir bridge, on the south side.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 745 misswex


    So its the toll just for people using the bridge?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 478 ✭✭ wellbutty


    misswex wrote: »
    So its the toll just for people using the bridge?

    Exactly...you can use the roads from Grannagh to Slieverue and from the Portlaw road to B&Q, toll-free :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,906 ✭✭✭ Daysha


    Does anyone know if there's any slip road into the city between the Western Link to the ORR and the toll bridge?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,996 ✭✭✭ fricatus


    Daysha wrote: »
    Does anyone know if there's any slip road into the city between the Western Link to the ORR and the toll bridge?

    There isn't.

    The bypass starts at the roundabout in Kilmeaden. The next exit is for the westlink (last one before the toll). After the toll plaza and the bridge, you've the Grannagh exit, and then after that, the end of the bypass is at the roundabout in Slieverue. Only 4 access points.

    Coming the other way, as wellbutty said, you can use the section between Slieverue and Grannagh without paying the toll. For example, traffic between Rosslare and Limerick/Galway will now do so.

    Still and all though, I'm sure there will be a need for an extra exit one of these days. The City Council have big plans for the area directly south of the toll plaza on wellbutty's map a few posts back. I think a link onto the bypass from there would be a good idea, to take pressure off local roads around Gracedieu, Bilberry and Carrickpherish. Give it 20 years!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 478 ✭✭ wellbutty


    fricatus wrote: »
    There isn't.

    Still and all though, I'm sure there will be a need for an extra exit one of these days. The City Council have big plans for the area directly south of the toll plaza on wellbutty's map a few posts back. I think a link onto the bypass from there would be a good idea, to take pressure off local roads around Gracedieu, Bilberry and Carrickpherish. Give it 20 years!

    This is the biggest surprise to me on the scheme, the development of the Gracedieu area has been on the development plan for a good number of years. The bypass seems to have two "futureproof" structures on the south side, one overpass for the future WIT campus and one underpass for allowing WIT to develop their sports facilities on the river's edge. I would've thought one more structure near Gracedieu wouldn't have gone astray! To give you an idea of what's planned, take a look at the development plan at this link:

    http://www.waterfordcity.ie/documents/developmentplan/WaterfordCityDevelopmentPlan2007Map.pdf


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,093 Amtmann


    IRELAND’S LONGEST cable-stayed bridge, which spans the river Suir, will be open to pedestrians and sightseers three hours before access is allowed to motorised traffic on Monday.
    The new bridge, which is similar in design but, at 465m, is 81m longer than the Boyne Bridge on the M1, is part of the Waterford city bypass, which has been developed at a cost of more than €500 million. It is opening 10 months ahead of schedule.
    The bridge is a “distinctive and impressive structure”, according to the National Roads Authority, with “a light and elegant design complementing the river and the surrounding landscape”.
    Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Martin Cullen and chairman of the National Roads Authority Peter Malone will officially open the bridge at 12.30pm on Monday. Invitees will be taken there by bus.
    Following the ceremony, sightseers and pedestrians will be free to wander the length and breadth of the bridge, taking in views of Waterford city and the surrounding countryside, before motorised traffic is allowed across it from about 4.30pm.
    The bridge is part of the 23km Waterford city toll-bypass. Charges for using the route are to be €1 for motorbikes, €1.90 for cars and €3.40 for buses and coaches. Goods vehicles pay a maximum of €6.10.
    It is expected that 14,000 vehicles will use the route each day, reducing volumes in Waterford city by about 30 per cent and removing up to 12,000 vehicles a day from the city’s quays.
    The new route begins at Kilmeadan to the west of the city and crosses the River Suir to tie in with the existing N25 route to Rosslare, Waterford and Cork to the east, at Slieverue village.
    The bypass includes a new connection, known as the Western Link, to industrial areas to the southwest of Waterford city. It also links to the M9/N9 and N24 to the Grannagh Interchange.
    The route is expected to cut 20 minutes off the journey on the N25 between Cork to the port of Rosslare, via Waterford city. The current N25 route passes along the congested city quays and crosses the River Suir over Rice Bridge.
    During work on the scheme, a significant archaeological site was discovered at Woodstown. It was declared a national monument, which necessitated a revised alignment on a section of the route.
    The Woodstown site appears to represent a defended riverside settlement, with associated industrial activity.
    The artefacts and radiocarbon dating indicate the site likely dates back to the early medieval period, between the 9th and 12th centuries AD.
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/1017/1224256899421.html


  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators, Regional South East Moderators Posts: 24,002 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Sully


    Bridge looks great light up. They were working on it last night around midnight it seemed!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 11 ✭✭✭ dugganm07


    The lighting does look good, but I am a little disappointed, I was hoping they would light each of the cables individually like the lighting on the Boyne bridge which looks better.


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  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators, Regional South East Moderators Posts: 24,002 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Sully


    Have pics we took from the roadside tonight - mine are crap so ill wait till Dan gets online tomorrow evening and he can post his, as they are better.

    EDIT::
    Best out of my very VERY bad bunch.

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    If you wish to put yourself through the horror of seeing more of the best out of the worst..
    http://pix.ie/sully/album/357943


  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators, Regional South East Moderators Posts: 24,002 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Sully


    The street lights are somewhat odd - there bent over completely rather then straight and bending out on top.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,735 Irish and Proud


    Sully wrote: »
    The street lights are somewhat odd - there bent over completely rather then straight and bending out on top.

    If you mean the lights on the bridge, the ones on the Boyne bridge are similar in style - I guess the stem angle is to match the angle of the cables.

    BTW, thanks for the pics - they give a good idea of what the bridge is like at night.

    Regards!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,456 ✭✭✭ stick-dan


    Hi all, I'm the dan sully was on about, here's a few of mine.
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    I em found these...

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,093 Amtmann


    Can someone record the drive along the bypass tomorrow and youtube it?


  • Registered Users Posts: 368 ✭✭ Roryhy


    Furet wrote: »
    Can someone record the drive along the bypass tomorrow and youtube it?
    It'll be getting dark before cars get a chance to drive it i think. Might have a better chance Tuesday.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,996 ✭✭✭ fricatus


    Article in today's Indo: http://www.independent.ie/national-news/bridge-bypasses-troubled-waters-1917571.html

    "Troubled waters" :rolleyes:

    What do these clowns be smoking?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,996 ✭✭✭ fricatus


    At least the Irish Times reports it without useless, strained clichés... http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/1019/breaking4.htm


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,996 ✭✭✭ fricatus




  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,093 Amtmann


    Just a big thanks to Bards, Sully, wellbutty, alpha2zulu, rameire, Munurty and Johnbk, as well as to everyone else who contributed to the updates to this thread over the past year. Cheers lads!


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,983 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    I can see that spot by Granny castle overlooking the river becoming a viewing gallery at night for a few weeks.


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


    Press Release from http://www.nra.ie/News/PressReleases/htmltext,16797,en.html

    N25 Waterford City Bypass Opens Ahead of Schedule
    ‘Congestion relief arrives early for the Viking City with the completion of the N25 Waterford Bypass.’


    The N25 Waterford City Bypass was officially opened today (Monday 19th, October 2009) 10 months ahead of schedule by Mr. Martin Cullen, T.D., Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism.


    The scheme commences at Kilmeaden west of Waterford City, crosses the River Suir and ties in with the existing N25 (Rosslare to Cork route) east of Slieverue in Co. Kilkenny. One of the projects main features is the cable-stayed bridge crossing the River Suir at Grannagh.
    The new Bypass will:

    •Reduce traffic levels on the City’s quays by 30%
    •Shave 20 minutes off peak journey- times on N25 Rosslare/Cork route
    •Reduce cross City journey times
    •Cater for 14,000 vehicles per day,10% of which it is estimated will be heavy goods vehicles
    •Provide 23km dual carriageway standard road
    •Allow traffic at the N24/N9 junction to the north west of Waterford City and N25 Cork–Rosslare to bypass the City
    Speaking today at the official opening ceremony, Mr.Martin Cullen T.D., Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism said:

    "This new gateway to Waterford heralds a new beginning for Waterford and for the South East. The new cable-stayed bridge and Waterford City Bypass together with the Waterford to Dublin Motorway will transform travel in the whole Region resulting in shorter journey times and safer road conditions. Upon opening, approximately 14,000 vehicles per day will use the Waterford Bypass. This will reduce traffic volumes currently using Rice Bridge, having the effect of removing some 10,000 to12, 000 vehicles per day from the city quays. This will have the added benefit of allowing us to rejuvenate our city along the quays to the maximum commercial advantage.”

    Peter Malone, Chairman of the National Roads Authority, said:

    “Four decades of waiting are finally over and now the people of Waterford have the bypass they have been crying out for. It will breathe new life into the City residents and the Region as a whole, allowing business and industry to operate more efficiently. City dwellers, visitors and tourists will enjoy a more pleasant, healthier and safer environment. The new Suir Bridge at Grannagh is the longest cable- stayed bridge in the State and was built to complement its environment. It is an impressive structure and I am sure it will become a focal point for the people of Waterford. The early delivery of this Public Private Partnership scheme clearly demonstrates the benefits brought by the private sector in accelerating the delivery of the roads programme.”


    The N25 Waterford City Bypass Scheme was funded through private finance raised by the PPP Co. (Celtic Roads Group) and through Government funding under the National Development Plan (NDP), 2007-2013.

    The estimated cost of design, construction and operation of the bypass is in excess of half a billion euro. The Exchequer contribution was €255m in respect of land, planning & design, advance contracts, supervision, archaeology and construction grants.


    Further scheme details:

    •The new Suir Bridge is the State’s longest cable –stayed bridge ( 465m long with a span of 230m)
    •The contractor was Celtic Roads Group (Waterford) Ltd. comprising BAM PPP bv, Iridium and NTR plc.
    •The scheme forms part of the Government’s development strategy under Transport 21 for the Atlantic Road Corridor that stretches from Waterford to Donegal.
    For further information contact:

    Sean O’Neill 086 823 0600

    Please click below to view the N25 Waterford City Bypass website.

    http://www.waterfordcity.ie/n25bypass/project.html



    N25 Waterford City Bypass List of Maximum Tolls Payable in 2009



    The maximum toll charges applicable for the year ending 31st December 2009 inclusive of VAT (21.5%) and rounding to the nearest 10 cent are as follows:


    Motorcycles (exceeding 50cc).

    €1.00
    Motor Cars

    €1.90
    Buses or Coaches

    €3.40
    Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight not exceeding 3,500 kilograms

    €3.40
    Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms and having 2 or 3 axles

    €4.80
    Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms and having 4 or more axles

    €6.10

    VAT registered road users can reclaim VAT paid on tolls


  • Registered Users Posts: 368 ✭✭ Roryhy


    Bards wrote: »
    Press Release from http://www.nra.ie/News/PressReleases/htmltext,16797,en.html

    N25 Waterford City Bypass Opens Ahead of Schedule
    ‘Congestion relief arrives early for the Viking City with the completion of the N25 Waterford Bypass.’


    The N25 Waterford City Bypass was officially opened today (Monday 19th, October 2009) 10 months ahead of schedule by Mr. Martin Cullen, T.D., Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism.


    The scheme commences at Kilmeaden west of Waterford City, crosses the River Suir and ties in with the existing N25 (Rosslare to Cork route) east of Slieverue in Co. Kilkenny. One of the projects main features is the cable-stayed bridge crossing the River Suir at Grannagh.
    The new Bypass will:

    •Reduce traffic levels on the City’s quays by 30%
    •Shave 20 minutes off peak journey- times on N25 Rosslare/Cork route
    •Reduce cross City journey times
    •Cater for 14,000 vehicles per day,10% of which it is estimated will be heavy goods vehicles
    •Provide 23km dual carriageway standard road
    •Allow traffic at the N24/N9 junction to the north west of Waterford City and N25 Cork–Rosslare to bypass the City
    Speaking today at the official opening ceremony, Mr.Martin Cullen T.D., Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism said:

    "This new gateway to Waterford heralds a new beginning for Waterford and for the South East. The new cable-stayed bridge and Waterford City Bypass together with the Waterford to Dublin Motorway will transform travel in the whole Region resulting in shorter journey times and safer road conditions. Upon opening, approximately 14,000 vehicles per day will use the Waterford Bypass. This will reduce traffic volumes currently using Rice Bridge, having the effect of removing some 10,000 to12, 000 vehicles per day from the city quays. This will have the added benefit of allowing us to rejuvenate our city along the quays to the maximum commercial advantage.”

    Peter Malone, Chairman of the National Roads Authority, said:

    “Four decades of waiting are finally over and now the people of Waterford have the bypass they have been crying out for. It will breathe new life into the City residents and the Region as a whole, allowing business and industry to operate more efficiently. City dwellers, visitors and tourists will enjoy a more pleasant, healthier and safer environment. The new Suir Bridge at Grannagh is the longest cable- stayed bridge in the State and was built to complement its environment. It is an impressive structure and I am sure it will become a focal point for the people of Waterford. The early delivery of this Public Private Partnership scheme clearly demonstrates the benefits brought by the private sector in accelerating the delivery of the roads programme.”


    The N25 Waterford City Bypass Scheme was funded through private finance raised by the PPP Co. (Celtic Roads Group) and through Government funding under the National Development Plan (NDP), 2007-2013.

    The estimated cost of design, construction and operation of the bypass is in excess of half a billion euro. The Exchequer contribution was €255m in respect of land, planning & design, advance contracts, supervision, archaeology and construction grants.


    Further scheme details:

    •The new Suir Bridge is the State’s longest cable –stayed bridge ( 465m long with a span of 230m)
    •The contractor was Celtic Roads Group (Waterford) Ltd. comprising BAM PPP bv, Iridium and NTR plc.
    •The scheme forms part of the Government’s development strategy under Transport 21 for the Atlantic Road Corridor that stretches from Waterford to Donegal.
    For further information contact:

    Sean O’Neill 086 823 0600

    Please click below to view the N25 Waterford City Bypass website.

    http://www.waterfordcity.ie/n25bypass/project.html



    N25 Waterford City Bypass List of Maximum Tolls Payable in 2009



    The maximum toll charges applicable for the year ending 31st December 2009 inclusive of VAT (21.5%) and rounding to the nearest 10 cent are as follows:


    Motorcycles (exceeding 50cc).

    €1.00
    Motor Cars

    €1.90
    Buses or Coaches

    €3.40
    Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight not exceeding 3,500 kilograms

    €3.40
    Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms and having 2 or 3 axles

    €4.80
    Goods Vehicles with a design gross vehicle weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms and having 4 or more axles

    €6.10

    VAT registered road users can reclaim VAT paid on tolls

    Cars are only €1, thats a bargain!

    Edit: someone changed the info above, cars are €1.90


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,983 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    Bards wrote: »

    This makes me laugh for its underselling. 20 mins is the minimum saving bearing in mind you get a straight run (breif stop for toll) from the other side of Slievrue all the way past Kilmeaden. At 3 am you'd take 20 mins to do that journey via Waterford.


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




  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,093 Amtmann


    Some of the pictures in that brochure look like munurty's.


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


    Furet wrote: »
    Some of the pictures in that brochure look like munurty's.

    Lol, maybe some of the schemes around the country are delayed (e.g Nenagh) because the relevant contractors are waiting for posters on boards.ie to take pictures for their brochures?? :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,698 ✭✭✭ D'Peoples Voice


    Furet wrote:
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/1017/1224256899421.html
    The new bridge, which is similar in design but, at 465m, is 81m longer than the Boyne Bridge on the M1, ......
    fricatus wrote: »
    Article in today's Indo: http://www.independent.ie/national-news/bridge-bypasses-troubled-waters-1917571.html
    But the jewel of the project is the bridge over the River Suir, which is the longest in the State -- almost 200 metres longer than the Boyne bridge in Co Louth.

    "Troubled waters" :rolleyes:

    What do these clowns be smoking?
    I know, what type of clowns built this bloody bridge, its expanding at an incredible pace, god help us when we hit a hot summer and the concrete really does begin to expand:eek:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,093 Amtmann


    Sporadic discussion on the bridge may be listened to here: http://www.wlrfm.com/portals/11/player/listen-live-player.html


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,093 Amtmann


    Just listening to the News at 2 on WLR FM. Martin Cullen is clearly overjoyed (and painting himself as responsible for the motorway and bypass). Other speechmakers are thrilled too. Comparisons with the the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco are somewhat OTT though!


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