Thursday 20 June 2019

Tender for road safety scheme

Deputy John Brady
Deputy John Brady

Tenders have been invited for the Kilmacanogue N11 safety scheme, with a deadline of June 26.

The tender is for the construction of a segregated service road on the southbound carriageway of the N11 at Kilmacanogue between Junction 7 (Bray South) and Junction 8 (Kilmacanogue).

The purpose is to allow safe access to and exit from the petrol station at Kilmacanogue.

The works will include carriageway widening into the central reserve by up to three metres over a distance of 1.7km, provision of two sign gantries, alterations to existing services, replacement of safety barrier and associated traffic management.

'After a number of delays I'm delighted that the tender documents are finally published,' said Deputy John Brady.

'This scheme when completed will greatly improve road safety in Kilmacanogue; will stop traffic exiting the petrol station directly into fast moving traffic. This would have involved placing a barrier between the service road and the N11 itself.

'This would force all traffic coming out of the petrol station up the slip road for Kilmacanogue before re-joining the N11 on the opposite side of the bridge.'

Cllr Dermot 'Daisy' O'Brien said that it is hoped that once the contract is awarded, work would commence by midsummer and be completed next year.

'It's anticipated that work will take between six and nine months to complete,' he said.

'As no provision has been included in this scheme for pedestrians or cyclists there are serious concerns for their safety.

'The council has committed to constructing a green way linking the Southern Cross Road to Kilmacanogue.

'These plans must progress swiftly to ensure that the safety of pedestrians and cyclists is safeguarded.'

Bray Wheelers have also expressed concern about access along the N11 for cyclists.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland announced plans for the scheme in 2017 and a public consultation process followed.

The works were approved at a full meeting of Wicklow County Council in July 2017.

Bray People