Sunday, January 1, 2012

Road Projects for 2012

It looks like 3 road projects are certain for 2012. These are, the N11 Arklow - Rathnew, Newlands Cross and the Ballaghaderreen bypass.

The N11 is the section between Arklow and Rathnew. Newlands Cross is the final set of traffic lights on the M7 heading east. Ballaghaderreen will be a 14km standard single carriageway project carried out on a design and build basis. Pre-Qualification tenders for the Ballaghaderreen Project are advertised and are due in on the 9th Jan '12.

In relation to the Motorway Projects the Minister for Transport, Mr Varadkar said: "I am delighted to be able to announce the upgrading of Newlands Cross, and of the N11 between Rathnew and Arklow. Both projects will make a real difference to the travelling public and to businesses. Each one covers a critical section of road, and is among a handful of stretches which were never resolved during the boom years.

"Thanks to this new arrangement, the work can finally be initiated.

"It’s particularly welcome to be able to remove the last traffic light between Dundalk and Cork, on one of Ireland’s most important and busiest national routes. The construction process will also create employment for hundreds of people.”

Given the timeframe experienced on the procurement of these types of projects in the past and as they are design and build projects one presumes it will be late 2012 rather than mid 2012 before a sod is turned on these jobs?