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M3 Clonee-Kells Motorway construction updates

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 upmeath


    The last of the photos from the Navan-Robinstown Road and the end of my tour of 27th April.

    I hope to revisit some or all of these sites in the coming days, hopefully it won't take me a month to upload them this time!
    I pass the first one (Silver Tankard) every day commuting between Trim and Kells, so that shouldn't be a problem, and if weather/time constraints allow I'll fit in a ramble to the others. I know from passing the Silver Tankard one every day that both northbound and southbound carriageways appear to be fully paved at this stage, they seem to be needing little more than catseyes and markings, a lot of progress was made over the last few weeks. As for the others, I'm not too sure.
    One I haven't photographed here but which I use quite often - the Trim-Navan Road overpass at Balreask - seemed ready for use by the Trim-Navan Road within days the last time I passed (about 10 days ago). A stop-and-go system has been in place in the area for months, I can't wait for the bridge to be opened, and I'll definitely look to take photographs there too if I'm in the area this week.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,366 IIMII


    upmeath wrote: »
    Again, the labourers weren't too happy to see a young man with a camera, and the lad in the flashy jacket alerted the boys in the grey van to my presence. Undeterred, I continued to photograph them. Snap happy!
    Screw them - they have no right to hassle you. Nor do you have to engage with them in any way when they come up to you. Tossers


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,735 Irish and Proud


    IIMII wrote: »
    Screw them - they have no right to hassle you. Nor do you have to engage with them in any way when they come up to you. Tossers

    Wonder is that anything to do with alleged bridge subsidence in the Bohermeen area?

    The bridges themselves look pretty robust, but that aint any use if the ground beneath is like soup! Can anyone fill me in on whether there is subsidence problems or not - particularly in the Bohermeen area?

    Many Thanks!


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,277 ✭✭✭ serfboard


    upmeath wrote: »
    ... there's no plausible reason not to be able to take photos from existing roads that aren't within the boundaries of their work site.

    Unless you're paranoid, or have reason to be? What is these guys problem?

    Unbelievable.

    And not only is there no plausible reason, there's no legal reason either. You're on a public road taking photos. No problem there.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 32 ✭✭✭ Celtic Warrior


    Wonder is that anything to do with alleged bridge subsidence in the Bohermeen area?

    The bridges themselves look pretty robust, but that aint any use if the ground beneath is like soup! Can anyone fill me in on whether there is subsidence problems or not - particularly in the Bohermeen area?

    Many Thanks!

    The Bohermeen area is a well known for its bogs there are quiet a few down around there.

    However as far as I can remember the road is not running close to them.

    Heard there is talk of a problem with a bridge towards Navan between Bohermeen and Tara Mines. Anyone else hear that?


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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 59,855 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    When I took some pics of this back a month or two ago I did it with hi-viz on and got a friendly nod from a working leaving the site in a van despite having camera gear - shiney yellow seems to open all sorts of doors!

    I would think that they're worried about photographers potentially being from the hippies/protestors who live nowhere near the road and never use it groupings. Never heard of anyone being questioned on any of the less controversial schemes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 upmeath


    Just a quick word folks, I did another tour of the northern half of the project today, a month on from the photos I posted on Tuesday, and I have a few dozen, maybe as many as 50 photos to put up. I went a little further south on today's tour because it was such a nice evening, so I managed to get about a half dozen bridges

    - Greetiagh to Oristown
    - N51 (Navan-Athboy Road and yes, the dual carriageway is open and it's top notch, comparable to the Waterford City ring road)
    - The old Navan-Athboy Road
    - Navan-Robinstown Road
    - Navan-Trim Road
    - Navan-Bective Road (beside Bective GAA, I think it's known as the Kilcarn Road, and there's a massive concrete structure going beneath the road here, a tunnel, possibly relating to the rail project)

    There's just one catch, I'm running into Dublin tonight, so I won't get them up until tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 upmeath


    I spoke with a worker here yesterday evening, he said this stretch should be due a final layer of paving within a fortnight, it looks great.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 upmeath


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 upmeath


    This is almost it for this particular site. As you'll see, I took a good few photos of the drainage channels around the road. There are bogs south and south east of here at Bohermeen and Tullaghanstown, and a lot of excavation work has been done to alleviate any drainage problems that might arise here.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 upmeath


    These are views from the overpass, north/northwest towards Kells. You may be able to make out the church spires and towers in Kells out in the distance.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 upmeath


    That's it for this bridge. Heading further south now with the next lot.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,093 Amtmann


    upmeath, thanks again. Some good shots there, and I note a few mammal passes, etc.

    Will you please consider uploading one or two good bright photos to the N3 wikipedia page? That needs some work, and your images will help.


  • Registered Users Posts: 686 ✭✭✭ CUCINA


    View of M3 double bridge facing south, towards Dunboyne taken last month


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  • Registered Users Posts: 686 ✭✭✭ CUCINA


    Attachment not found.STA60613.JPGI have put up a few Photos of the M3 works near Fairyhouse and Dunboyne on the Meath forum, but I am putting up a few more here (hopefully)...


  • Registered Users Posts: 686 ✭✭✭ CUCINA


    613 above shows close up of Toll bridge works at Fairyhouse, facing north, taken two weeks ago.

    618 shows road-markings of old N3 right turn for Kilsaran/"Gardenworks", taken at the same time.


  • Registered Users Posts: 686 ✭✭✭ CUCINA


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    611 shows close-up of old bridge for Tolka river, beside existing toll bridge works at Fairyhouse, this bridge is also visible when driving past the site on the R147 (formally known as the N3) to or from Fairyhouse roundabout.

    609 is shot taken with my back to Rathbeggan junction, towards Fairyhouse, facing south. The foreground is quite rough (especially for cycling!) but smooths out nicely on the approach to the bridge.
    Both photos taken two weeks ago.
    If anyone is interested in seeing more shots of this area, I have plenty more in reserve, including photos taken in the same area about a year ago, which I think makes for an interesting contrast. Just let me know and i will post them before I delete them from my camera...


  • Registered Users Posts: 686 ✭✭✭ CUCINA


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    Just one more for now! This was taken about this time last year (or possibly last July) and I was standing on the old N3, just before the rh turn for Trim. This area has changed radically since then, of course. This particular section of the old N3 was still in use up until the bridge was opened some months ago, where traffic coming from Trim had to negotiate a temporary ramp alongside the new bridge to access the newer section of the N3 that opened up just over a year ago.


  • Registered Users Posts: 686 ✭✭✭ CUCINA


    Just noticed that ref photo 609 in an earlier post was the wrong one! Sorry about that...will try to post the correct photo now to match the description!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 upmeath


    Here are a few shots at the junction between the N51 (Navan-Athboy Road, which now follows a much better route slightly north of the old road) and the M3.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 upmeath


    More shots


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 upmeath


    Last from this junction


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 upmeath


    Furet wrote: »
    Will you please consider uploading one or two good bright photos to the N3 wikipedia page? That needs some work, and your images will help.

    Certainly will, I'll have a look at it, although wiki-editing isn't my forté and I'd probably only make matters worse. If you're likely to be editing it, don't be afraid to use my photos, I'm not going to press charges ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,219 ✭✭✭ D.L.R.


    Is the Kells Bypass section DC or single lane?


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


    Its 2+2 north of the N52, and motorway south.

    I came back through Navan at the weekend, and went to take a look at the scheme. When did the N51 DC section open?
    It's very impressive, same standard as Greystones southern access road or Waterford RIng Road.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,492 upmeath


    nordydan wrote: »
    I came back through Navan at the weekend, and went to take a look at the scheme. When did the N51 DC section open?
    It's very impressive, same standard as Greystones southern access road or Waterford RIng Road.

    2/3 weeks ago, it was a feature in the Meath Chronicle the week after it opened. Very similar to the Waterford Ring Road. Hopefully the traffic corps don't spend as much of their time here with their hairdryers. :rolleyes:


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,032 ✭✭✭ veryangryman


    Warning: Unpopular comments on the way. Rotten eggs at the ready...

    Why the hell has the M3 even been built? It hardly counts as an Inter-Urban (Navan/Kells/Cavan are hardly bustling metroplolises)

    I realise that the towns as far as perhaps Navan need a decent road for commuters, but beyond that, i think that Motorway was definitely overkill. A few WS2 bypasses similar to the Cavan bypass would have been more than adequate for the remainder of long distance traffic.

    Thats where the money for Interconnector/Metro North was wasted on IMO

    Also, wont it feel weird paying 2 tolls on a road that doesnt lead to a city (travelling Northwest i mean).


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,219 invincibleirish


    Why the hell has the M3 even been built?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,432 df1985


    dunshauglin and kells bottlenecks id say are the main reasons-a nightmare at times.instead of a few bypasses for these towns,id be of the opinion if you're going to do it,do it right the first time.


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