Locals not keen on N11 upgrade proposals
BARNDARRIG residents are examining the NRA proposals to upgrade the N11 to motorway status to see what ramifications the change will have for them.
Locals have long campaigned for a speed reduction at Lil Doyle’s junction from 100 km to 80 km so school children don’t have to cross the road through a gauntlet of speeding traffic.
Now plans to upgrade stretches of the Cullen- more Bends, Arklow Bypass and Gorey Bypass have led to fears that traffic will still treat the unfinished section of the N11 as a Motorway, with speeds actually increasing.
Local representatives at council level have already outlined their opposition to the proposals.
Fr. Vincent Dempsey, Parish Priest for Barn- darrig and Kilbride has also led the calls for a reduction in speed.
‘It will obviously affect us but we just have to look at maps and drawings to get a proper picture. We are still pushing for the speed limit to be reduced by St. Mary’s National School, but we haven’t received any definite word back yet. People here are very concerned about the speed limit as it stands.’
Discussions between residents and Wicklow County Council have proved helpful, with a number of elected members voicing their concerns over the current speed limits and the potential for even higher speeds if sections of the N11 are successfully upgraded to motorway status.
Traffic on the N11 at Barndarrig.