Tourists driving between Dublin from Wicklow and Wexford are facing years of road works and delays as plans emerge for a third lane and junction closures along sections of t
he road between Loughlinstown Hospital and Ashford.
Traffic on the M11/N11 road has risen dramatically since the Glen o’ the Downs road was widened to a dual carriageway, going from 25,600 vehicles a day in 1999, to 53,000 last year.
Traffic volume grows to 78,000 when it is counted north of Bray, on the M11 just inside the Co Dublin border. Some 20,000 of these vehicles are from Co Wexford, about 14,000 of them recorded north of Gorey.
Wicklow County Council is set to start work on a parallel service road to the southbound lane of the N11 at Kilmacanogue, in a matter of weeks.
Separately, Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s regional design office is to launch a second phase of public consultation in Co Wicklow on Tuesday, in relation to a major upgrade of the road between the M50/M11 merge in south Dublin and Coyne’s Cross just north of Ashford.
The 22-kilometre scheme is set to include a third lane on the M11/N11 stretching from the M50 merge southwards to south of the village of Kilmacanogue, a distance of about 10km.
While the public consultation is only proposing “options”, the options include the redesign of a number of junctions and closure of a range of smaller access roads from north of Bray to Coyne’s Cross. Proposals for redesign include Fassaroe and Killarney Road, Kilmacanogue, Glenview and Delgany interchanges.