€65m port road to encourage greener modes of transport
A NEW road that will take thousands of trucks out of Wicklow town was opened yesterday.
The €65m port access and town relief road was opened by Transport Minister Noel Dempsey who said it would open up lands for development and encourage people to walk and cycle.
The 4.4km two-lane carriageway includes a 130-metre three-span bridge crossing the Broadlough Estuary at the Murrough. Another bridge crossing the Ashtown stream and two new railway bridges, one at the Murrough and the other located in Merrymeeting, Rathnew, are also provided.
But Mr Dempsey said high-quality footpaths, a cycleway and controlled crossing points at major junctions would encourage people to switch to green forms of transport.
"The road caters for the vulnerable road user," he said.
"This will encourage people to avail of a fast and environmentally friendly alternative to taking the car. It will also contribute to safer journeys for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike and is another step towards a sustainable transport future for Ireland."
The road links the Rathnew Road to Wicklow Port to the east, and to the Marlton Road to the west.
- Motorists in Dublin face a traffic headache over the bank holiday weekend, as emergency roadworks are carried out on the N7 dual carriageway from 10am today until Monday.
The repairs will be carried out around the Citywest Bridge, leading to lane closures and diversions.
Drivers can get full details of alternative routes on the South Dublin County Council website, www.sdcc.ie.