‘New road’ hopes


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2013 could turn out to be lucky for Wicklow af­ter Min­is­ter for Trans­port Leo Varad­kar said one of his pri­or­i­ties for 2013 is to see the start of the N11 up­grade be­tween Rath­new and Ark­low.

Last week Min­is­ter Varad­kar set out his pri­or­i­ties for the year ahead in­clud­ing the start of work on the cross-city Luas line, a re­sumed pri­vate-fi­nance roads pro­gramme, a fully-in­de­pen­dent Shan­non Air­port, and a suc­cess­ful out­come for The Gath­er­ing Ire­land.

The re­sump­tion of the PPP roads pro­gramme would see works com­mence on the N7 (New­lands Cross), N11 (Rath­new) and N17/18 (Gort-Tuam) projects.

‘2013 is go­ing to be a busy, in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing year in Trans­port, Tourism & Sport. Ire­land as­sumes the pres­i­dency of the Euro­pean Coun­cil and hosts The Gath­er­ing Ire­land 2013.

It will also see work start­ing on the cross­c­ity Luas project, and the es­tab­lish­ment of an in­de­pen­dent Shan­non NewCo, bring­ing to­gether the air­port and Shan­non Devel­op­ment,’ Min­is­ter Varad­kar said.

Last month the Euro­pean In­vest­ment Bank pledged sup­port for the N11 up­grade cou­pled with a heights sep­a­rated junc­tion at New­lands Cross, Co. Dublin and a new start of April 2013 was given.

The up­grade will see the 16.5km sec­tion of road­way be­tween Ark­low and Rath­new up­graded to four lanes im­prov­ing both road safety and travel times.

In De­cem­ber, Euro­pean In­vest­ment Bank vice-pres­i­dent Mi­hai Tanas­escu in­di­cated the bank hoped to fi­nalise ‘a bid' for the N11 project, to be built by way of pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ship (PPP), by the be­gin­ning of Feb- ru­ary.

The pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ship was, ac­cord­ing to Con­struc­tion In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices, due to start con­struc­tion in May 2011 with an end date of May 2013.

How­ever, the en­tire project has been be­set by de­lays mainly thought to re­sult from fund­ing and con­trac­tual dif­fi­cul­ties.

In Fe­bru­ary last year the ESB car­ried out re­align­ment works on the high volt­age trans­mis­sion line at Bal­ly­val­tron and Kil- mur­ray.

The works were prepara­tory works nec­es­sary be­fore con­struc­tion could be­gin.

The project is ex­pected to cost in the re­gion of €180 mil­lion and will also in­clude a ser­vice sta­tion at Bal­lyellen in Gorey.

If a start day of April 2013 is achieved the works are ex­pected to be com­pleted in April 2015 as there is a 24 month com­ple­tion pe­riod. The up­grade will re­move one of the most dan­ger­ous sec­tions of the ex­ist­ing N11.

The sec­tion of the N11 that is due to be by­passed has wit­nessed many ac­ci­dents.

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