Friday 20 September 2019

Bypass link road finally opens

A view of the new N30 Enniscorthy By-Pass from Scarwalshe to Templescoby. Picture credit: Skypix
A view of the new N30 Enniscorthy By-Pass from Scarwalshe to Templescoby. Picture credit: Skypix

Brendan Keane

The last section of the Enniscorthy bypass project was finally opened to traffic last week almost a month after the multi-million euro M11 motorway between Gorey and Oylegate was officially opened by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.

The final section of roadway is a link route from a new roundabout on the N30 at Templescoby to another new roundabout at Scarawalsh.

It's an 8km stretch of road and is a standard single carriageway in either direction.

The road is part of an overall €350m scheme that included the development of a 27km motorway that has reduced travel time from County Wexford to Dublin by 30 during peak times.

The new national road sections of the scheme are 39km in length and includes 18 overbridges, five underbridges, 31 accommodation underpasses and three rail or river bridges.

Work on the project led to 129 previously unknown archaeological sites being discovered through excavations carried out by archaeologists from TVAS Ireland Ltd.

The remains of one of the largest Neolithic houses ever to be discovered in Ireland were uncovered during the work with the remains in question estimated to be around 5,500 years old.

The project was developed by the National Roads Authority (which subsequently became Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and Wexford County Council.

The tender process for the project began in May, 2014, and the PPP contract was awarded to BAM Iridium in October 2015.

The design and construction work was delivered jointly by BAM Civil Ltd and Dragados Ireland Ltd.

Design and construction work began in October 2015 and the work was substantially completed by July this year.

The official opening of the motorway attracted a lot of national media attention and took place on Thursday, July 18.

However, the link road from Templescoby to Scarawalsh wasn't opened at that time for safety reasons.

However, Director of Services for roads with Wexford County Council, Eamonn Hore, told this newspaper that the road itself was substantially complete but there were some small issues that required attention in relation to ancillary work around the road.

It was initially thought the road would open around three weeks ago but there was a further delay at the time as all of the necessary safety work wasn't completed.

However, on Wednesday, August 14, the final piece of the bypass project was opened to traffic for the first time.

The link road means the travel time for people going from New Ross to Dublin will now be dramatically reduced while the overall travel time for people going from one end of the county to the other, either from Wexford or New Ross, has also been significantly reduced.

Enniscorthy Guardian