Minister mucks in as he turns sod on new road projects
TRANSPORT Minister Leo Varadkar got work under way on the N7 Newlands Cross flyover in west Dublin and the N11 Arklow to Rathnew dual carriageway project in Co Wicklow.
The new N7 interchange will facilitate nationwide travel from the north to the south of Ireland without any traffic lights.
The N11 dual carriageway will remove the last bottleneck between Dublin and Rathnew and provide an important new service area.
It is one of the largest projects of its kind ever undertaken in the country, and the first of its kind in five years.
It is expected construction work on both projects, which is part of a €282m public-private partnership, will begin in a matter of days and take just over two years to complete.
"These are two very important projects which will make a big difference to road users in Dublin and the east of the country," Mr Varadkar said.
"They will remove two serious bottlenecks which have caused untold delays to commuters, hauliers and road users over the years. The financing of these projects also represents a breakthrough for the Government in terms of new funding for roads."