RELIEF is in sight for commuters on the N11 between Wexford and Dublin as the new motorway link north of Arklow opens in the coming weeks. The contractor BAM will divert traffic off the N11 at Junction 20, Arklow North, in late June, early July, north and southbound, onto the R772, to facilitate the tie-in of the new and old motorways, and the upgrade of the section from Junction 20 north to the new works. It is anticipated that this will take one to two weeks.
This is one of the final major steps before opening the motorway, meaning it could be open by mid-July. The news was welcomed by Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe who said that the new scheme will be a non-tolled Public Private Partnership. It will create 90km of motorway or dual carriageway from Dublin to Gorey.
'The existing N11 between Rathnew and Arklow is currently single carriageway with a narrow cross section, poor overtaking opportunities and no hard shoulder over the northern half,' he said. 'The route does not have a good road safety record, making the opening of this new scheme absolutely essential.'
Meanwhile Topaz was selected as operator for the new service station at Ballyellen, and if the tender is accepted, the facility should be operational by the end of the year.