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N52 - Ardee Bypass [construction to commence in Q3 2023]

  • 30-07-2016 1:09am
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    Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 13,204 Mod ✭✭✭✭ marno21


    This road seems to come up regularly in the Dail so I said it deserves its own thread seeing as there are pushes for it to be included in the review of the Capital Investment Plan next year

    http://www.thisisardee.ie/2016/07/28/ross-speaks-ardee-western-bypass/
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  • Registered Users Posts: 892 ✭✭✭ medoc


    marno21 wrote: »
    This road seems to come up regularly in the Dail so I said it deserves its own thread seeing as there are pushes for it to be included in the review of the Capital Investment Plan next year

    http://www.thisisardee.ie/2016/07/28/ross-speaks-ardee-western-bypass/


    Why is it reduced single carraigeway? Does that mean no hard shoulders like the Kells bypass? Seems a pity not to do new builds on narional secondary routes to the normal single standard.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 13,204 Mod ✭✭✭✭ marno21


    Deedsie wrote: »
    Any chance they would ever bypass a village along the N52? Borrisokane has to have the worst road surface in Ireland. If they were serious about making the N52 more reliable, safe and with improved travel times it could be a good idea to bypass it.

    I have zero info about average daily users etc.

    The N52 through Borrisokane is to be resurfaced in 2017.

    Both the village itself and the stretch of N52 north of the town need attention. The stretch north of the town is a joke


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 60,584 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    Deedsie wrote: »
    I doubt there is a town/village in Ireland with a worse surface...

    Has Buttevant been resurfaced yet? That was like driving over the moon.

    My mother's family is from Borrisokane going back a very long time but the town has never been particularly easy to stop up and explore. Would be back there for a few afternoons cemetery hopping and pottering around the town if it was bypassed (not that minor internal tourism is ever seen as a benefit of a bypass, really)


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 13,204 Mod ✭✭✭✭ marno21


    L1011 wrote: »
    Has Buttevant been resurfaced yet? That was like driving over the moon.

    My mother's family is from Borrisokane going back a very long time but the town has never been particularly easy to stop up and explore. Would be back there for a few afternoons cemetery hopping and pottering around the town if it was bypassed (not that minor internal tourism is ever seen as a benefit of a bypass, really)

    Buttevant resurfacing after 19 months of work is almost done.

    I can't see the above proposal for upgrading the N52 as a primary route as long as the M1/M7 tolls are in place. It would encourage dodging along the route


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 60,584 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    marno21 wrote: »
    I can't see the above proposal for upgrading the N52 as a primary route as long as the M1/M7 tolls are in place. It would encourage dodging along the route

    Changing the number alone won't encourage traffic - most people use satnavs and journey planners at least often enough that physical upgrades will cause them to reroute regardless; but route numbers don't.

    Neither the M1 or M7 toll are state-stoplossed so there is minimal* reason for the state to care about loss of toll revenue


    *they get VAT and I suspect they also have a % share of the income once it breaches a certain level on both - they certainly do on the M1


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  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 13,204 Mod ✭✭✭✭ marno21


    L1011 wrote: »
    Changing the number alone won't encourage traffic - most people use satnavs and journey planners at least often enough that physical upgrades will cause them to reroute regardless; but route numbers don't.

    Neither the M1 or M7 toll are state-stoplossed so there is minimal* reason for the state to care about loss of toll revenue


    *they get VAT and I suspect they also have a % share of the income once it breaches a certain level on both - they certainly do on the M1

    No I mean the proposal to upgrade it along its length as a primary route

    The section Kilbeggan to Dundalk especially, if people going Galway-Belfast went this way both the M4 and M1 tolls would be reduced, and of course the M50


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 60,584 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    marno21 wrote: »
    No I mean the proposal to upgrade it along its length as a primary route

    The section Kilbeggan to Dundalk especially, if people going Galway-Belfast went this way both the M4 and M1 tolls would be reduced, and of course the M50

    I'm sure they'd be quite happy to see the M50 traffic reduced and neither the M4 or M1 are really the states problem!


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 4,369 Mod ✭✭✭✭ spacetweek


    marno21 wrote: »
    The section Kilbeggan to Dundalk especially, if people going Galway-Belfast went this way both the M4 and M1 tolls would be reduced, and of course the M50
    You're gonna have to explain your logic a bit better here - why would the state protect the revenue from these roads?


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,781 ✭✭✭ Carawaystick


    marno21 wrote: »
    The section Kilbeggan to Dundalk especially, if people going Galway-Belfast went this way both the M4 and M1 tolls would be reduced, and of course the M50
    The section Ardee to Dundalk should be detrunked, and N33/M1 used instead. with the N33 upgraded and renamed N2...


  • Registered Users Posts: 479 ✭✭ MoeJay


    The section Ardee to Dundalk should be detrunked, and N33/M1 used instead. with the N33 upgraded and renamed N2...

    If I remember rightly, it has been officially detrunked but exists without a new R number...!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 892 ✭✭✭ medoc


    The section Ardee to Dundalk should be detrunked, and N33/M1 used instead. with the N33 upgraded and renamed N2...


    I actually thought that was already done. But I looked on open street map which is practically always right and it still shows as N52.


  • Registered Users Posts: 892 ✭✭✭ medoc


    marno21 wrote: »

    I can't see the above proposal for upgrading the N52 as a primary route as long as the M1/M7 tolls are in place. It would encourage dodging along the route


    It was more the idea of giving it a national primary status. It is a strategic north(east) to South(west) route connecting the main inter urban motorways and gives a cross country route avoiding the M50. If it was signed and designated as primary it might move it up the upgrade lists. It has happened in other parts of the country before. No one suggesting motorway etc just good quality single with hard shoulders (unlike the poor Kells bypass). Maybe 2+2 if needed in some areas.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,781 ✭✭✭ Carawaystick


    medoc wrote: »
    I actually thought that was already done. But I looked on open street map which is practically always right and it still shows as N52.

    The Roundabout on the N52/M1 junction at Dundalk south has it as the n52 still, with the M1 signage directing traffic to Mullingar to the N52.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 13,204 Mod ✭✭✭✭ marno21


    In the Roads Act 2012, the N52 legally starts in Ardee.

    I believe what used to be the N52 is now the R215, but I am open to correction on this. The N52 east of Dundalk became the R132 (old N1).


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 13,204 Mod ✭✭✭✭ marno21




  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 13,204 Mod ✭✭✭✭ marno21


    http://www.thisisardee.ie/2017/04/21/minogue-tells-tii-taxpayer-must-see-return-money/

    Ardee bypass will probably see the light of day in the next few years due to its advanced nature, the lack of other projects with planning and the size of the scheme itself.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 13,204 Mod ✭✭✭✭ marno21




  • Registered Users Posts: 556 ✭✭✭ annfield1978


    Consultants invited to tender for this scheme. Scope up to Tender Action Evaluation and Award Stage


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 13,204 Mod ✭✭✭✭ marno21


    Strong talks of this being included in the Capital Plan post midterm review. Cheap, shovel ready and a political issue in the area.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,922 ✭✭✭✭ Buttonftw


    Is there maps available for this? I see it's called a Western by-pass, any chance they're being smart enough to make it take N2 as well as N52 traffic around the town?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 152 ✭✭ flickarius




  • Registered Users Posts: 892 ✭✭✭ medoc


    flickarius wrote: »


    Great news for the town and all the long distance traffic too. What is the proposed standard? Will it have hard shoulders or will it be more like the Kells bypass?


  • Registered Users Posts: 152 ✭✭ flickarius


    medoc wrote: »
    Great news for the town and all the long distance traffic too. What is the proposed standard? Will it have hard shoulders or will it be more like the Kells bypass?

    I'm not sure, I remember seeing the details online years ago, must do a search and see if I can find them. ☺️


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 13,204 Mod ✭✭✭✭ marno21


    flickarius wrote: »
    I'm not sure, I remember seeing the details online years ago, must do a search and see if I can find them. ☺️
    Type 2 SC, same as the Nenagh/Kells bypasses on the N52. 3.65m lane in either direction with no hard shoulder.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,091 ✭✭✭ roadmaster


    marno21 wrote: »
    Type 2 SC, same as the Nenagh/Kells bypasses on the N52. 3.65m lane in either direction with no hard shoulder.

    Why are we still building roads with no shoulders? They are potential death traps the amount of near misses I have seen of the Kells bypass between cars broke down and pedestrians walking. It is surly worth it long term to put in a shoulder


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 13,204 Mod ✭✭✭✭ marno21


    Most cyclists in the Ardee, Kells and Nenagh areas aren't through traffic on the N52. They can cycle or walk through the town, which in the majority of cases is where their destination is anyway.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,091 ✭✭✭ roadmaster


    marno21 wrote: »
    Most cyclists in the Ardee, Kells and Nenagh areas aren't through traffic on the N52. They can cycle or walk through the town, which in the majority of cases is where their destination is anyway.

    in fairness now cyclist are not going to go through the town. I am on the N52 between Tullamore and Dundalk at least 3 times a week and the kells bypass is packed with walkers and cyclists .


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 13,204 Mod ✭✭✭✭ marno21


    MOD:

    I have created a thread here for discussion of cycling in specific relation to the development of new national road schemes. Please continue discussion here: http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2057694424



  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 13,204 Mod ✭✭✭✭ marno21


    Article summing up frequently asked questions on the Ardee bypass here:

    http://www.thisisardee.ie/2017/07/31/n52-ardee-bypass-know/


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  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 13,204 Mod ✭✭✭✭ marno21


    http://www.independent.ie/regionals/droghedaindependent/news/is-funding-deal-done-on-the-multimillion-euro-ardee-bypass-35986472.html

    Confusion regarding funding status for N52 Ardee bypass.

    I believe this is to be included in the midterm review of the Capital Investment Plan, which hasn't been announced yet.

    2018 start if true.


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