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N3 - Belturbet Bypass

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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 3,129 Wild Bill


    Bummer1234 wrote: »
    New Bridge crossing the Erne in the distance.

    Look at all that rock in the river! - I'm surprised that isn't threatening the spawning ground of the Seldom-spotted Cavan Midge (Midgeicus cavoniumo rarelyseen) or some other priceless part of our fauna :rolleyes:

    Did they not do an EIA?


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,739 ✭✭✭ withless


    Annagh lake has been diverted around for at least a week. Hope they finish that part soon and the regular road opens again. Going to Cavan/Dublin is a nightmare at the moment.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,446 ✭✭✭ munchkin_utd


    withless wrote: »
    Annagh lake has been diverted around for at least a week. Hope they finish that part soon and the regular road opens again. Going to Cavan/Dublin is a nightmare at the moment.
    its only till tomorrow aparantly
    Notice is hereby given that Cavan County Council has made an order to close to public traffic the roads described hereunder from 0800 hours on Tuesday, 20 March to 1700 hours on Friday, 30 March 2012 inclusive for construction works for the N3 Butlersbridge to Belturbet Road Improvement Scheme.

    Road Closed: N3 Butlersbridge to Belturbet Road from its junction with the N54 Clones Road at Butlersbridge to the junction with the R197 at Sugarloaf, Belturbet.

    Alternative Route: Access from Cavan will be via the N54 Butlersbridge to Clones road to Gannon’s Cross and the R197 Drumalee road to the N3 at Sugarloaf, Belturbet and vice versa.

    All enquiries regarding the above road closures should be directed to Cavan Area Roads Office, on 049 437 8700
    http://www.cavancoco.ie/cavanweb/publish/domain/cavancoco/Default.aspx?StructureID_str=255&guid=676


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 47 ✭✭✭ Ted Mosby


    Wild Bill wrote: »
    Look at all that rock in the river! - I'm surprised that isn't threatening the spawning ground of the Seldom-spotted Cavan Midge (Midgeicus cavoniumo rarelyseen) or some other priceless part of our fauna :rolleyes:

    Did they not do an EIA?

    [irony on] Thanks for the heads up, must lob an objection in. Perhaps it will force Cavan and the NRA to scrap the scheme in its entirety and get taxpayers' money back off the landowners :D

    A small bit of enforcement from the Guards will solve the alleged safety issues [irony off]


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,278 ✭✭✭ dubhthach


    Ted Mosby wrote: »
    [irony on] Thanks for the heads up, must lob an objection in. Perhaps it will force Cavan and the NRA to scrap the scheme in its entirety and get taxpayers' money back off the landowners :D

    A small bit of enforcement from the Guards will solve the alleged safety issues [irony off]

    Surely the [Sarcasm] / [idealism] tags would be better used above eh? ;)


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 3,129 Wild Bill


    dubhthach wrote: »
    Surely the [Sarcasm] / [idealism] tags would be better used above eh? ;)

    Like :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::eek:;);):cool::p:p:rolleyes::rolleyes::D:pac::pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,722 ✭✭✭ Bummer1234


    Some more pictures guys.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 143 ✭✭ johnbk


    Great to see the pictures, thanks.

    My views are my own.



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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 28 ✭✭✭ mintoffdom


    IMG_1523-001.jpg


    Looking north at the start of the works on Thursday 31st May......


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 28 ✭✭✭ mintoffdom


    Forgot about that.....:rolleyes:

    At this junction.....
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    ...looking north towards Belturbet
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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 28 ✭✭✭ mintoffdom


    At the halfway stage....looking north.....
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    ......looking south
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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 28 ✭✭✭ mintoffdom


    At the northern edge of Belturbet where a roundabout joins the N3/(A509) to NI with the N87 to Swanlinbar.......

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    The northern end of the bypass.......

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    Apologies for the greyness but it was very late and very dull.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10 ✭✭✭ Storm2


    Nice pictures there, excellent work. :)


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 5 ✭✭✭ Wilderbeast1


    Thank you! ;)

    I took them before some communication difficulties evolved.

    - Wild Bill :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,722 ✭✭✭ Bummer1234


    Bummer1234 went for a walk!!

    First three located here
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    The next few pictures are located in backroads
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    Below: Putiaghan bog ...Alot work to do here yet.
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    View of the Staghall Roundabout from the new road.
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    One of the new bridges.
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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,722 ✭✭✭ Bummer1234


    Noticed how small them pictures appear to be on this so here is a link so you can see them bigger and in more detail by zooming in.

    Also if you click on "full details page" on the left hand side you will see the exact location via the Latitude and Longitude if you wanted to know :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,125 ✭✭✭ M three


    Bummer1234 wrote: »
    Noticed how small them pictures appear to be on this so here is a link so you can see them bigger and in more detail by zooming in.

    Also if you click on "full details page" on the left hand side you will see the exact location via the Latitude and Longitude if you wanted to know :)

    Great pictures, thanks for sharing.

    Will be a great job when its done. Hopefully the belturbet town council will get up off their arses and do something with the town when the bypass is done but I doubt it.


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


    M three wrote: »
    Hopefully the belturbet town council will get up off their arses and do something with the town when the bypass is done but I doubt it.
    Lovely town.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 455 ✭✭ bureau2009


    spacetweek wrote: »
    Lovely town.
    Will always have a soft spot for Belturbet and the truly friendly, pleasant people there.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 Sponge Bob


    Any chance of close up pics of the Erne Bridge and the Bog Bridge ???

    TIA


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,125 ✭✭✭ M three


    spacetweek wrote: »
    Lovely town.

    Not saying it isnt but the people elected to represent it arent much use.
    They've spent the last few months quibbling over the fact that there isnt money to maintain the public toilets so they closed the toilets instead.

    Not one of the town councilors suggested taking a pay cut for a few months or forgoing some of their expenses so the work could be done.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,722 ✭✭✭ Bummer1234


    One of the bridges on the road

    http://www.rod.ie/projects-N3-Butlers-bridge.asp


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,446 ✭✭✭ munchkin_utd


    Staying on the original topic of all things N3 outside of the motorway (which was the original thread title before someone came along and renamed it), it seems that the 46km stretch from the Kells Bypass to the Fermanagh border is now reactivated and is again in planning.

    http://www.nra.ie/RoadSchemeActivity/CavanCountyCouncil/N3NorthofKellstoCavan/SchemeName,16536,en.html

    The Virginia by-pass is needed, but to investigate that they probably needed to reactivate the entire existing project to be able to work on planning of the Virginia section.

    Actually if its considered a fact that the N4 north of Mullingar needs upgrading then on that basis the N3 north of Virginia actually is more in need and should have priority seeing as traffic levels there are 20% higher than on the N4 and are even higher than some sections of the M6 or M8 or M9!


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,882 ✭✭✭ Chris_5339762


    I highly doubt a 46km, presumably 2+2 scheme will be going ahead anytime soon!


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,446 ✭✭✭ munchkin_utd


    I highly doubt a 46km, presumably 2+2 scheme will be going ahead anytime soon!
    have to agree theres places more in need of work, but unlike the Longford or Monaghan planned bypasses of the bypasses and associated works which are offline and of questionable merit in the first place, the majority of the 46km study area would be an online upgrade from very good wide offline single carraigeway with hard shoulders and limited enough local access to a 2+2 with even more limited local access. The problem with the current road is similar to many others in Ireland that it just takes one muppet doing 30mph on a busy day with lots of oncoming traffic and the benefits of such a monster of a road are out the window.
    And again, to put it in perspective this road north of Virginia is busier than sections of the M6 M8 and M9 so traffic can build up behind slow cars.

    Heres a section that shows a long straight that has no entries and at the end a few local accesses that could be merged into one if the old parallel road was reinstated just as an example of what most of the road is already like.
    https://maps.google.de/maps?q=N3,+County+Cavan,+Ireland&hl=en&ll=53.888035,-7.151349&spn=0.001203,0.003076&geocode=FYo4NwMd7reR_w&hnear=N3,+County+Cavan,+Ireland&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=53.888035,-7.151349&panoid=uQs4f9Fe1pX5aBEXuyA-iQ&cbp=12,318.32,,0,22.8

    The only real major work needed offline is the actual Virginia By-Pass and the couple of km either side of the town that hasnt been touched in the past decades but unfortunately thats all wrapped up in the super major upgrade project so it means that Virginia must be done as part of the bigger project, or is split from the bigger project - but either way the bigger project has to be reactivated or modified to allow just Virginia to proceed.


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


    How on earth is traffic so high? There is nothing in that part of the country and no major destination at the end.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,722 ✭✭✭ Bummer1234


    spacetweek wrote: »
    How on earth is traffic so high? There is nothing in that part of the country and no major destination at the end.

    1)Alot of people have to Drive and commute to and from Dublin to work and towns inbetween.

    2)Other road networks in Ireland have Rail services up against them and there is nothing along the N3/M3 route.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,125 ✭✭✭ M three


    spacetweek wrote: »
    How on earth is traffic so high? There is nothing in that part of the country and no major destination at the end.

    Theres a lot of people travelling from Dublin to cavan, and onwards to Enniskillen and a large part of donegal also.
    No train service available either as already mentioned so all public transport is via bus


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