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N6 - Athlone Bypass Upgrade works

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  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 31,044 Mod ✭✭✭✭ dolanbaker


    billbond4 wrote: »
    Probably radar controlled ones, as they are probably the most expensive ones as they seem to be pissing away the money on the project

    A remote loop 100metres or so ahead of the lights would be sufficient, unnessary stopping is such a fuel waster!


  • Registered Users Posts: 479 ✭✭ cherrytaz


    All 16 ERT phones are now operational on the Athlone bypass

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,986 ✭✭✭ roadmaster


    Just a quick question was wills suppouse to have this project finished in sept 2011?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,362 ✭✭✭ billbond4


    Wonder how long before a wide load from a tractor will knock out the phones.
    Btw how do you know the phones work? They will be handy for cyclists who get a flat tyre at least


  • Registered Users Posts: 479 ✭✭ cherrytaz


    Wonder how long before a wide load from a tractor will knock out the phones.
    billbond4 wrote: »
    Btw how do you know the phones work? They will be handy for cyclists who get a flat tyre at least

    I was responsible for testing the phones and all were tested ok last Friday.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,362 ✭✭✭ billbond4


    That's good to know they are all working


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,441 ✭✭✭ munchkin_utd


    billbond4 wrote: »
    Wonder how long before a wide load from a tractor will knock out the phones.
    Btw how do you know the phones work? They will be handy for cyclists who get a flat tyre at least
    good point!

    The AA is there for motorists but who will come to the rescue of a cyclist in distress with a blown tyre?
    Or someone out for a jaunt on their horse or pony (with or without trap) should the animal collapse on the side of the road?

    I suppose for anyone out for a powerwalk on the dual carraigeway would be put onto the ambulance service should they themselves break down!

    We really should have a thread for the most bizarre traffic on an intercity dual caraigeway. Seeing as anything goes on Irish roads you could march a circus or patricks day parade down these roads should the notion take you !!
    (and now theres an emergency phone should anything go wrong)


  • Registered Users Posts: 51 ✭✭✭ Solberg2005


    Will the upgraded bypass be eventually upgraded to full motorway spec?


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,687 ✭✭✭✭ Zubeneschamali


    Will the upgraded bypass be eventually upgraded to full motorway spec?

    No, as thousands of tractors per minute would then have to use the bridge in town.

    Or something like that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,332 ✭✭✭✭ flazio


    The reason that the N6 will not be bumped up to motorway status in the near future is because no other viable Athlone bypass for non motorway traffic exists.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,362 ✭✭✭ billbond4


    And the exits are too close together to allow for 120kph traffic, some are too short too like the roscommon on ramp to get to 120.
    It was never designed to take 120kph traffic, only way for motorway would be to build a new one to the south, which they are plans for but will prob never happen


  • Registered Users Posts: 596 ✭✭✭ Jayuu


    billbond4 wrote: »
    And the exits are too close together to allow for 120kph traffic, some are too short too like the roscommon on ramp to get to 120.
    It was never designed to take 120kph traffic, only way for motorway would be to build a new one to the south, which they are plans for but will prob never happen

    Motorway doesn't have to be 120kph (see M50) but the lack of alternative route for non-motorway traffic would seem to rule this out on a permanent basis.

    Also can't ever see them building an alternative southern motorway route in the short to medium term. There are far too many other schemes that would take preference.


  • Registered Users Posts: 129 ✭✭ tharlear


    Motorway doesn't have to be 120kph (see M50) but the lack of alternative route for non-motorway traffic would seem to rule this out on a permanent basis.

    the "alternative route " is the route that was in use before the bypass was built.

    Eliminated pedestrians,bicycles and tractors, post a 100kph speed and its a motorway.
    What beside a ministerial order is reqiured ?


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 31,044 Mod ✭✭✭✭ dolanbaker


    tharlear wrote: »
    the "alternative route " is the route that was in use before the bypass was built.

    Eliminated pedestrians,bicycles and tractors, post a 100kph speed and its a motorway.
    What beside a ministerial order is reqiured ?
    The alternative route is through the town, it's choked most days as it is with local traffic.
    With the current downward trend in traffic volumes, it makes little sense to construct an alternative route for non-motorway traffic.

    Anyway, the bypass is seldom congested!


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,033 ✭✭✭ veryangryman


    dolanbaker wrote: »
    tharlear wrote: »
    the "alternative route " is the route that was in use before the bypass was built.

    Eliminated pedestrians,bicycles and tractors, post a 100kph speed and its a motorway.
    What beside a ministerial order is reqiured ?
    The alternative route is through the town, it's choked most days as it is with local traffic.
    With the current downward trend in traffic volumes, it makes little sense to construct an alternative route for non-motorway traffic.

    Anyway, the bypass is seldom congested!
    True. Officially you could say it can be made motorway. But the Shannon is an anomaly that is mega hard to work around. Naas portlaoise etc are examples where motorways are there now with alternatives thru town. Problem of course is that you could conceivably take a 5 to 10 mile diversion. Not with athlone. That said I would like to see the restrictions in place. Will need to have someone killed on it before it happens though. I feel like saying rip in advance to the poor person it happens to.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,332 ✭✭✭✭ flazio


    I would agree that non motorised traffic (foot, cycle and horse) should be kept off the bypass, but works vehicles such as tractors and supervised learners should be allowed to remain, for one thing the RSA use the bypass as part of the test and this means that learners can show their compentcy on near motorway quality road before being given a licence to drive on one for real. End of the day it's down to the motorway drivers to slow down for just 10km out of a journey that's up to 210kms long.
    This discussion just keeps going round in circles anyway.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,687 ✭✭✭✭ Zubeneschamali


    flazio wrote: »
    This discussion just keeps going round in circles anyway.

    Yes, until there's a really big accident killing some large number of people. Someone takes out six power-walkers in the hard shoulder or a dog-walking collection of kids, something that gets the local politicians to see sense and realize they do not want the responsibility.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,476 ✭✭✭ ardmacha


    Someone takes out six power-walkers in the hard shoulder or a dog-walking collection of kids, something that gets the local politicians to see sense and realize they do not want the responsibility.

    They should build a lightweight bridge (or attach one to the side of the present structure) for pedestrians and cyclists and prohibit them from the mainline.


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 31,044 Mod ✭✭✭✭ dolanbaker


    ardmacha wrote: »
    They should build a lightweight bridge (or attach one to the side of the present structure) for pedestrians and cyclists and prohibit them from the mainline.
    Which section of the road are you referring to? For most walks to and from or around Athlone the bypass is the longest route.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,362 ✭✭✭ billbond4


    eastbound Town centre exit to be closed for two days


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,362 ✭✭✭ billbond4


    article about the works in the Athlone Advertiser this week, saying works should be completed by the end of june.
    The last line is a good joke :D

    Councillors welcomed the update, with Cllr Frankie Keena saying the works would
    "make the road more user-friendly for motorists, the junctions safer for pedestrians, and the town more accessible"


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,033 ✭✭✭ veryangryman


    billbond4 wrote: »
    article about the works in the Athlone Advertiser this week, saying works should be completed by the end of june.
    The last line is a good joke :D

    Councillors welcomed the update, with Cllr Frankie Keena saying the works would
    "make the road more user-friendly for motorists, the junctions safer for pedestrians, and the town more accessible"

    Mmhmmm, turning left at J9 eastbound is a disaster with the way the arrows have been placed

    What part of "build a fu**ing roundabout" do the town planners not get? Traffic is going to back up onto the N6 mainline when this opens, mark my words.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,362 ✭✭✭ billbond4


    This is a prime example of why County Councils should be disbanded, no cop on , just pissing away money cos they have it to spend.
    There should only be a few Corporations and Provence Councils in the Country.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,983 ✭✭✭ AugustusMinimus


    billbond4 wrote: »
    This is a prime example of why County Councils should be disbanded, no cop on , just pissing away money cos they have it to spend.
    There should only be a few Corporations and Provence Councils in the Country.

    Just head into the Skehard Road Roundabout thread :rolleyes:


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,362 ✭✭✭ billbond4


    http://www.westmeathcoco.ie/en/news/name,11837,en.html

    Due to Junction Upgrade Works on the N6 Athlone Relief Road the East Bound exit and entry ramps at Junction 10 and the West Bound exit ramp at Junctions 10 Ballymahon will be closed from Sunday 27th May2012 for two weeks.

    Diversions will be in place and these diversions will be signposted and are shown on the Council website.

    Westmeath County Council wishes to thank you for your co-operation and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    Basically only the exit at the Cova shop is opened


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,860 ✭✭✭ whyulittle


    The right turn lane at J10 exit westbound has been kerbed out of existance. Already you have idiots holding up all the cars behind them persisting in turning right from the left lane, instead out just using the roundabout.


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 31,044 Mod ✭✭✭✭ dolanbaker


    I was looking at the works at junction 11 (Coosan) today and the road sensors have been cut into the lanes, it appears to be an "approach to switch" system.

    Hopefully this means intelligent traffic lights rather than dumb timers!


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,110 KevR


    dolanbaker wrote: »
    I was looking at the works at junction 11 (Coosan) today and the road sensors have been cut into the lanes, it appears to be an "approach to switch" system.

    Hopefully this means intelligent traffic lights rather than dumb timers!
    Same at J9


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,033 ✭✭✭ veryangryman


    whyulittle wrote: »
    The right turn lane at J10 exit westbound has been kerbed out of existance. Already you have idiots holding up all the cars behind them persisting in turning right from the left lane, instead out just using the roundabout.

    I dont necessarily regard them as idiots. I think its a small protest at the idiocy of the planners for this. If ever there was a case for cutting Westmeath Cocos budget its this recent project.

    Should have spent the money knocking the houses down near the junction and upgrading it to a lilo leading up to the roundabout. Not fukcing traffic lights.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,332 ✭✭✭✭ flazio


    Yeah, roundabouts are so efficient at managing traffic flow, just look at Galway Cit....oh no wait, nevermind.


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