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Happy 50th Naas DC!

  • 12-02-2018 1:58am
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    So 50 years ago this month, the N7 Naas Dual Carriageway was completed, linking Dublin to Naas on what was at the time Ireland's most heavily trafficked route. It was the culmination of over 20 years of dualling the road piecemeal. It was the first decent bit of DC in the RoI when roads were of a very poor standard.

    In its first years it was very dangerous, as Irish drivers were not used to driving on a DC. There were many fatal accidents and in the 1970s traffic lights were added at major junctions. The completion of the Naas DC allowed Naas, the county town of Kildare 30km from Dublin, to develop as a commuter town and grow substantially.

    In 1975 the road between Naas and Newbridge was upgraded to DC but Naas became a serious bottleneck and it wasn't until 1983 when the M7 Naas bypass, the first motorway here, opened.

    Happy 50th Naas DC! 


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