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Traffic delays in €14m plan to fill city potholes

DUBLIN'S potholed roads are finally getting a makeover -- but the public can expect pain before they see any gain.

The city council has announced that its €14m carriageway renewal programme will begin on Monday and will continue for months.

Drivers have now been warned there may be "some disruption" to traffic flows.

And residents living near affected roads may experience noise problems -- as much of the work will take place during the night.

However, the council has insisted the benefits "will be far reaching" in the end.

Some 15km of roads in the city area will be resurfaced between the start date and November 25.

"The programme consists of three packages of work across 18 individual sites located along national primary routes and major public transport corridors," the council's Transport Project Office (TPO) told the Herald.

"Significant sections of road carriageway will be resurfaced, with reconstruction where necessary," it said.


The first package will begin on August 15 along the North Quays from Queen Street to O'Connell Street and on Northumberland Road/Merrion Road North from Haddington Road to Sandymount Avenue. It will take about four weeks.

The TPO said: "The majority of work will take place from approximately 7.30pm to early morning." The schedule for the rest of the scheme has yet to be finalised.

Funded by the National Transport Authority and National Roads Authority, the investment will "renew roads which have sustained damage caused during our recent very harsh winters, as well as renewing roads that have deteriorated through day-to-day wear and tear", the TPO said.

The benefits will include safer roads for drivers and cyclists, improved road markings and the elimination of ponding in potholes and other areas.

Other roads to be given an upgrade include Merrion Road, Clarehall, Phibsborough Road / Western Way, Drumcondra Road Lwr, Conyngham Road, Clanbrassil Street Upr, Donnybrook Road/Stillorgan Road and Dawson Street.

Merchants Quay/Wood Quay/Essex Quay and Pearse Street have also been included in the programme.