N11 mo­tor­way plans ‘crazy’


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PRO­POS­ALS to up­grade sec­tions of the N11 to mo­tor­way sta­tus have been de­scribed as ‘crazy’ and the NRA have been ac­cused of ‘putting the cart be­fore the horse.’

Stretches of the N11 north of the Cul­len­more Bends, Ark­low By­pass and Gorey By­pass are all un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for speed limit changes. The move comes de­spite the fact that a sec­tion of the dual car­riage­way still hasn’t been com­pleted, in­clud­ing blackspots like by The Tap and Bal­li­nameesda Bends

The de­ci­sion will be made by the NRA but, speak­ing at last week’s Wick­low Town Coun­cil meet­ing, Cllr. Conal Ka­vanagh said the Coun­cil should lodge their own sub­mis­sion out­lin­ing rea­sons why the lo­cal au­thor­ity would be op­posed to the changes.

‘It’s ridicu­lous to say go faster at 120 but then slow down to 80 in a very short space of time while com­ing into an area where a great deal of ac­ci­dents have occurred, some of them end­ing in loss of life. There are al­ready ma­jor road safety con­cerns on stretches of that road. It’s a crazy idea.’

Cllr. Fachtna Whit­tle also slammed the pro­posal at the last town coun­cil meet­ing and feels there is no way it should go ahead while the sec­tion of the N11 from Rath­new to Ark­low still re­mains un­com­pleted.

‘The NRA are putting the cart be­fore the horse and need to up­grade that stretch of the road first.’

Not every­one agreed that the sec­tion of the N11, be­tween the Bee­hive and The Tap in par­tic­u­lar, is a danger­ous part of the road.

Cllr. Ol­lie Lalor said, ‘the prob­lem at the Bee­hive is bad driv­ing. If peo­ple just cur­tailed their speed there wouldn’t be a prob­lem. They are fly­ing.’

Barn­dar­rig, one of the blackspots on the N11.

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