Tuesday 18 June 2019

A new dawn as first part of bypass opens

Newly-opened road offers glimpse of the future as finish line beginning to come into sight for New Ross motorists

The new Corcoran’s Cross Roundabout which is now open to traffic, offering drivers a first glimpse of the new New Ross bypass
The new Corcoran’s Cross Roundabout which is now open to traffic, offering drivers a first glimpse of the new New Ross bypass
Work is continuing at the Mannion’s Road roundabout

David Looby

People are enjoying a serious driving experience upgrade on the Enniscorthy road following the opening of sections of the New Ross bypass.

The Corcoran's Roundabout road some five miles along the N30 from New Ross opened to traffic, showing the progress made by BAM Iridium workers on the motorway with all road works due to be completed early next year.

Work is continuing on the Mount Elliott roundabout, leading to up to ten minute delays at either side of the New Ross ring road, but according to Director of Services for Roads Eamonn Hore the inconvenience will be worth the wait. Mr Hore said: 'It's exciting times in New Ross. The N30 is going to be downgraded to a regional road and the new N30 will head for the new junction at Ballymacar.'

Addressing concerns raised on social media that Mount Elliott and not New Ross is mentioned on the signposts at Corcoran's Cross roundabout, Mr Hore said New Ross is mentioned but the part of the sign is blacked over to avoid driver confusion until the new road into the town opens.

'New Ross is signposted 54 times along the bypass. With the new motorway it will be quicker and safer to get into New Ross. The main road into New Ross hasn't been completed yet. New Ross is blacked out for the moment but signs for the town are on every approach and at all the junctions and roundabouts. New Ross is signposted 54 times. Mount Elliott was picked as the roundabout is there and all bypasses have local recognition destinations and it also happens to be the townland. People will become used to it just as they've become used to other roundabout names like Corcoran's Cross, Oaklands and Glenmore. The logic of Mount Elliott on the signposts is perfectly reasonable and sensible.'

Mr Hore said tourist attractions across the district are signposted numerous times also.

Welcoming the opening of sections of the bypass, including along the Old Ross road from where the motorway is visible from a height, Mr Hore said the days of drivers having to endure 40 to 50 minute waits queueing in traffic on the way into or out of the town will be over.

'40 to 50 minute delays wouldn't have been unusual in New Ross. From Corcoran's Cross to Glenmore it's 14kms, so there will be savings of around half an hour at peak times. This is a great news story. People maybe worried about what the bypass does to a town like New Ross but it will be a much nicer place to live in with no heavy goods vehicles passing along the main thoroughfare of the quay.'

The large vehicles will be banned from passing through the town, just as they are in Waterford City.

'Presently hundreds of vehicles a day pass through New Ross making their way to Dublin or Cork. Once the road becomes a regional road it automatically goes from 100 km/h to 80 km/h which makes it a safer road. The Oaklands roundabout will provide a lovely entrance point into the town and that junction is much safer now. The roundabout at Mount Elliott (also known as Mannion's roundabout) will be completed in February also.'

It remains unclear if most of the 14km dual carriageway will open early next year, ahead of the completion of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge.

'People will accept and appreciate the scale of the bridge build. It's a marvellous feat of engineering which looks like it's being built in mid-air.'

As part of the ongoing roadworks on the bypass, traffic management operations will be taking place on the N25 at Ballymacar until Wednesday, with a Stop/Go system in place until 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Drivers are advised that the enforceable speed limit in this area is reduced to 60 km/h but a cautionary speed of 35km/h is advised.

A Wexford County Council spokesperson said: 'We ask that motorists take care when entering the roadworks and we would like to thank motorists for their patience during this time. These works are weather dependant and as such the completion date and working hours may be subject to change.'

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