Traffic chaos: Motorists advised to take alternative routes to avoid major disruption around O'Connell Bridge
With O’Connell Bridge closed for the bank holiday weekend, the city is set for major traffic disruptions.
The north and south quays will be closed at O’Connell Bridge from 8pm on Friday until 6am on Tuesday, August 2, to facilitate construction work on the Luas Cross City service.
The following restrictions will be in place for motorists this weekend:
Motorists will not be able to access O’Connell Bridge or Eden Quay from Bachelors Walk.
Motorists will have limited access to O’Connell Street from Bachelors Walk.
Motorists will not be able to access O’Connell Bridge or Aston Quay from Burgh Quay.
Motorists will be diverted left from Burgh Quay onto D’Olier Street.
O’Connell Bridge – Northbound and Southbound
There is limited access to O’Connell Bridge. When travelling Southbound from O’Connell Street across O’Connell Bridge to D’Olier Street.
When travelling Northbound from Westmoreland Street across O’Connell Bridge onto O’Connell Street.
While some may be planning to escape the chaos outside of the capital, the matches at Croke Park and the Aviva stadium are expected to bring 100,000 sports fans into the city centre.
Gardaí have advised those traveling to either venue to avoid the city centre completely.
Public Transport Enhancements
Arwen Foley, broadcaster for AA Roadwatch, told Independent.ie that the best way to avoid the traffic is to avail of public transport as much as possible.
“Don’t avoid the city centre, that’s definitely not what we’re saying. If you can, take public transport,” she said.
“It’s a great weekend for shopping with the sales on, and there are the matches as well. Do go into the city, but try to avoid driving in.”
Car park access in the city will be maintained over the weekend, and a range of public transport enhancements are being offered to help ease the disruption.
Additional Luas and Dart services will be in operation on Sunday and Monday, and children will be allowed to travel for free with a valid Child Leap Card for the entire weekend.
To encourage motorists to use public transport, there will also be free parking on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Luas and Irish Rail park-and-ride sites within the Short Hop Fare zone.
There will also be diversions on many Dublin Bus routes, including 14, 15, 25a, 25b, 26, 27, 27b, 37, 39, 39a, 66a, 66b, 67, 70, 83, 145 and 151. Passengers are advised to check their travel routes in advance.
However, if you must drive, Ms Foley advised motorists to take alternative routes through the city.
“With three matches on at Croke Park, we’ll have people coming from Cork, Donegal, Westmeath and Mayo," she said.
"Anyone going to Croke Park is advised where possible to use public transport or even park on one side of the city and commute across the city."
Those driving to Croke Park are advised to use the M50 to get to the stadium and exit at J5 Finglas, J4 Ballymun or the M1 Interchange.
Exiting at J7 (Lucan) to access the city centre by the N4 should be avoided.
“For the Celtic v Barcelona match in the Aviva on Saturday, there are a few routes that you can take across the River Liffey including Memorial Bridge, Butt Bridge, Father Matthew Bridge, James Joyce Bridge or Tom Clarke Bridge,” she said.
Motorists heading to the airport are advised to use the M50 via Tom Clarke Bridge and the Port Tunnel rather than driving through the city centre.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland will keep drivers updated with signs along the motorway network offering advise regarding any traffic restrictions.
Up-to-date traffic information will also be available from Dublin City Council's radio station 103.2 FM, broadcasting live from the Traffic Control Centre on Saturday from 1pm to 7pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.