Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady and Councillor Dermot ‘Daisy’ O’Brien have welcomed news that the tenders for the Kilmacanoge safety scheme will finally be published in the coming days. The news follows discussions Deputy Brady has had with the project team.
Welcoming the news Deputy Brady said “After a number of delays I’m delighted that the tender documents will finally be published for the Kilmacanogue Road Safety scheme in the coming days. The plan is to construct a parallel service road going southbound. This safety improvement will separate the traffic before the southbound junction, similar to the N4 at Lucan. This will stop traffic exiting the petrol station directly into fast moving traffic. This would have involved placing a barrier between the service road and the N11 itself. This would force all traffic coming out of the petrol station up the slip road for Kilmacanogue before rejoining the N11 on the opposite side of the bridge.
“There have been a number of delays in publishing the tender documents; this is due to the complex nature of the project. When the tender is published on eTenders in the coming days, contractors will have 36 days to submit tender submissions. It is hoped that once the contract is awarded work would commence by midsummer. Its anticipated that work will take between 6-9 months to complete.”
Cllr O’Brien said “Once complete the new parallel service road will greatly improve road safety in the area and this has to be welcomed. I am concerned however that no provision has been made for pedestrians to walk along the stretch of N11 between Kilmacanoge and the Bray south exit. The council has committed to constructing a green way linking the Southerncross Rd to Kilmacanoge. These plans must progress swiftly to ensure that the safety of pedestrians and cyclists is safeguarded too.”
Deputy Brady also stated that over 3,000 letters have been delivered this week to land owners who have land along the 22km stretch of the N11 that is currently being examined as part of plans to improve the M11/N11 road from the M50 to Coynes Cross.
Deputy Brady said “The issuing of the 3000 letters this week to landowners along the 22km stretch of the M11/N11 is part of the site environmental and ecological process. The letter is informing landowners that over the next number of months ecologists will be carrying out a walk over of the lands deemed important as part of the M11/N11 improvement scheme.”
Brady concluded “It doesn’t necessarily mean that the land will be required for the scheme, but that it has an ecological importance and that it must be mapped as part of the planning process. It’s planned to hold weekly clinics in the area to address any concerns that landowners may have.”