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The New Motorways
 
# 1 : Monday 18-6-2012 @ 21:20
 
 
I came across a rather strange interchange between the new M7 motorway and the old N62 Roscrea to Templemore road at the weekend. It wasn't done with the usual 2 roundabouts interchange which I thought was standard on these motorways. But with the offramp having a 'T' junction and stop sign. I think the roundabouts are much safer .

... continued from Jupiterkid's most excellent thread :

http://www.gaire.com/e/f/view.asp?parent=1036871
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# 2 : Monday 18-6-2012 @ 21:32
 
 
I hate roundabouts with up to five exits that are littered with roads-in so when the satnav tells you to exit at 4 you lose track halfway round and steering by satnav is not recommended
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# 3 : Monday 18-6-2012 @ 21:39
 
 
Someone said :
I hate roundabouts with up to five exits that are littered with roads-in so when the satnav tells you to exit at 4 you lose track halfway round and steering by satnav is not recommended

I was driving my folks around in England a few years ago and we hit one of those roundabouts near Warwick and ended up about 30 miles in the wrong direction. Pre Sat nav days !
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# 4 : Monday 18-6-2012 @ 22:13
 
 
Someone said :
I came across a rather strange interchange between the new M7 motorway and the old N62 Roscrea to Templemore road at the weekend. It wasn't done with the usual 2 roundabouts interchange which I thought was standard on these motorways. But with the offramp having a 'T' junction and stop sign. I think the roundabouts are much safer .

... continued from Jupiterkid's most excellent thread :

http://www.gaire.com/e/f/view.asp?parent=1036871

Both this junction (junction 22) and the next one in the Limerick direction (J23) are very badly designed and are serious accidents waiting to happen. The turn onto and off from the motorway is far too sharp and if you drive down the wrong side you can easily end of on the wrong carriageway of the motorway.



Both these junctions need to be rebuilt.

In other news, work will finally start this summer on the long-delayed M11 motorway section to connect the sections between Wicklow and Arklow.
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# 5 : Monday 18-6-2012 @ 22:27
 
 
Someone said :

Both this junction (junction 22) and the next one in the Limerick direction (J23) are very badly designed and are serious accidents waiting to happen. The turn onto and off from the motorway is far too sharp and if you drive down the wrong side you can easily end of on the wrong carriageway of the motorway.



Both these junctions need to be rebuilt.

In other news, work will finally start this summer on the long-delayed M11 motorway section to connect the sections between Wicklow and Arklow.

That's terrible.
Does that break some motorway safety code?
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# 6 : Monday 18-6-2012 @ 23:17
 
 
Someone said :

Both this junction (junction 22) and the next one in the Limerick direction (J23) are very badly designed and are serious accidents waiting to happen. The turn onto and off from the motorway is far too sharp and if you drive down the wrong side you can easily end of on the wrong carriageway of the motorway.



Both these junctions need to be rebuilt.

Those junctions J22 & J23 look more compact than the other type junctions. They were probably used to save money buying up land etc. But they do look a bit dangerous !
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# 7 : Sunday 1-7-2012 @ 07:49
 
 
I drove the M18 motorway last night.
I didn't know there was a motorway over here in the west. Super job !
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# 8 : Sunday 1-7-2012 @ 20:38
 
 
read somewhere that the motorways in the UK are now dangerous, in having been gritted so much that rust has set in, weakening the structure of the roads.

Let's hope that doesn't apply here in Ireland.
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# 9 : Thursday 12-7-2012 @ 20:28
 
 
Happy 50th Birthday, M1 Northern Ireland!

The very first section of motorway on the island of Ireland, an 8 mile (12 kilometre) stretch between Belfast and Lisburn, opened to traffic on 10th July 1962, making it just over 50 years old. It marked a major milestone in Irish roads history.

Indeed, Northern Ireland had its first stretch of motorway before Scotland and Wales. It would be, however, another 21 years before the first section of motorway opened in the Republic at Naas.

Happy birthday M1!!








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# 10 : Thursday 12-7-2012 @ 20:46
 
 
Someone said :

In other news, work will finally start this summer on the long-delayed M11 motorway section to connect the sections between Wicklow and Arklow.

And about time too, that stretch of road is a nightmare at the best of times, so many lives lost, as you go form a dual carriageway to a single windy road back into a dual carriageway. Hopefully they will get it built on time and under budget.
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# 11 : Monday 13-5-2013 @ 16:31
 
 
The new Tralee bypass is coming on nicely and is due to open this summer.
It won't be a motorway but sections of the new road will be narrow (type 2) dual carriageway.



In other roads news, work has finally begun on the long awaited M11 Rathnew to Arklow project (which was delayed for several years) plugging a dangerous gap in the Dublin-Rosslare route and a flyover at Newlands Cross on the N7 Naas Dual Carriageway to make the lights here freeflow.

Also, the M17/18 Gort to Tuam motorway in Galway should start by the end of this year.

The widening of the M1 motorway from Dublin Airport to the Swords North junction from 2 to 3 lanes each way is almost complete.
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# 12 : Monday 13-5-2013 @ 17:58
 
 
What is going on with the N3 there at Blanchardstown? I assume they are trying to make it freeflow or something?
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# 13 : Monday 13-5-2013 @ 19:51
 
 
Someone said :
What is going on with the N3 there at Blanchardstown? I assume they are trying to make it freeflow or something?

They're rebuilding the Mulhuddart interchange by adding a second bridge, getting rid of the roundabouts to be replaced with traffic lights and widening the slip roads - to hopefully improve traffic flow.

Here's a link:
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2056208633
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# 14 : Monday 13-5-2013 @ 20:08
 
 
Thanks JK
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# 15 : Tuesday 14-5-2013 @ 02:30
 
 
Anyone travelling from Dublin to Mayo by car or bus would know just how shitty a road the N5 from Longford to Castlebar is for much of its length - twisty, narrow and enclosed with high hedgerows.

Well, the road is being improved bit by bit and the latest section under construction is the long-awaited Ballaghderreen bypass in Roscommon which will remove a bottleneck on the route.

Some pics below...








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