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25-11-2010, 20:27   #1
 
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N14 - Letterkenny to Lifford [preferred route published; design underway]

This was mentioned in the Department of Transport's press release yesterday as possibly going ahead after 2011. I've not heard much about this scheme and I can find no maps of the proposed route.

But! It will be:
  • 19 km long
  • Type 2 Dual Carriageway

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This route commences at the N13/N14 junction at Manorcunningham and continues to a junction with the N15 South West of Lifford. A separate project (N14/N15 to A5 Link) is being developed to link this scheme to the new A5 Western Transport Corridor being developed in Northern Ireland.
http://www.donegalcoco.ie/services/r...amstrabane.htm
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25-11-2010, 22:38   #2
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They should run the new Derry route on the right bank of the Foyle and have a shorter link to Letterkenny. This would also provide a new Derry Letterkenny link and better justify the 26 county contribution to the project.
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Absolutely shocking road!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...42.91,,0,-0.54
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I made a lot of effort early in the a5 project to get them to consider a west of Foyle option. They wouldn't even consider it. You are correct as this would have replaced the need for a new N14.

Letterkenny has approx 17,000 people. Derry city including the towns within 20 miles of it has a population of approx 237,000. The aadt at Lifford bridge is 17570. The a5 at Omagh has an aadt of 19260. These are inadequate roads that need upgrading.

If you consider the aadt at the a5 border of Monaghan is only 8430 then I would say the scope for increasing trade between Dublin and the north west is huge.

Also, this investment is a very important
part of the Good Friday peace agreement and I think the risk of cancelling the investment now is too large a risk for who ever is in government.

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I didn't realise that there were parts of Donegal in the Twilight Zone, or is this another one of Ireland's hidden tunnels?
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I made a lot of effort early in the a5 project to get them to consider a west of Foyle option. They wouldn't even consider it. You are correct as this would have replaced the need for a new N14.
Any map of your proposed route?
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Its a long time since I was on the case with this road. Here was the response at the time; Its water under the bridge at this stage. As far as a map goes I did have one, Ill se if I can dig it out.


from Mouchel (Road designers) June in 2008


Roads Service has had a preliminary look at this option and decided it was not viable for the following reasons:

The A5 is one of 5 key Transport Corridors identified within the Regional Transportation Strategy which provides links to key cities and towns, and indeed air and sea ports, in the west of the province. Roads Service has a long term vision to upgrade all such routes to dual carriageway status and is also currently looking at the feasibility of linking the A5 to the A6 (Derry to Belfast) route on the south east of Derry city. The construction of a road to the west of the River Foyle would compromise both of these objectives.

The largest volume of traffic on the A5 is between Strabane and Derry and it is probable that a new route to the west of the River Foyle would be unattractive to, and therefore would not be used by, many of the existing users. This would clearly adversely affect the economic viability of such a route.

With regard to your email of 16 June regarding the recent traffic survey we can confirm the results of the ADT survey will be published on our web site when the results have been compiled.
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We had a debate on this at the time on SABRE


http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/forum/...12854&start=80

and one here on Boards with a map
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showt...otorway&page=2

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I also have a drawing of the new Lifford-Strabane link road but I cant get my hands on it. Anyway is really simple; at the end of the new N14 which also bypasses Lifford a new roundabout is planned at the intersection of the N15. From this roundabout a short section will be build across the Finn connecting with another proposed roundabout on the A5. I have a sketch below.

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We had a debate on this at the time on SABRE


http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/forum/...12854&start=80

and one here on Boards with a map
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showt...otorway&page=2
There was a debate started from this thread I created:

http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/forum/...ic.php?t=19398

Map now gone unfortunately!
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Seems to be movement on this according to Highland Radio.

http://www.highlandradio.com/2016/07...ts-in-donegal/
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Looks like this scheme will have to start from scratch.

http://www.highlandradio.com/2016/09...tudies-redone/
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Halcrow Barry/ RPS JV due to be appointed for these three projects

N13/N15 Balleybofey Bypass
N14/N56 Relief Road
N14 Letterkenny to Lifford
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https://irl.eu-supply.com/ctm/Suppli...wNotice/187380

Tender awarded to RPS Halcrow Barry, as posted above by annfield1978.
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