Proposed budget of €160m for N11 improvements
Director of Services Michael Guiney provided members of Wicklow County Council with an update on plans for the N11/M11 Improvement Scheme.
The scheme will cover 22km from junction 4 to junction 14 at Coyne's Cross, taking in 40 junctions. The overall proposed budget is €160m.
Wicklow County Council, in conjunction with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, is progressing the development of scheme. A public information session was held in the Glenview Hotel in December. Interested parties were invited to attend to share information they had on the route and its environs and find out information of the planning stages ahead. Around 200 people attended.
'The Part 8 planning process has already been approved for the first part of the Kilmac service road. Technical consultants Arup have also been appointed. A website will also be launched providing updates on the scheme,' said Mr Guiney.
Phase 2 will involve examining all potential options, while Phase 3 will involve the design and environmental evaluation. Plans will then be presented to An Bord Pleanála for Phase 4.
Mr Guiney was hopeful that all four phases would be complete by 2020 before moving onto the next phase.
Cllr Derek Mitchell said: 'I am glad that other alternatives are being looked at, such as a better rail service and an express bus service. It's important that we put our oar in as well in this regard'.