Fine Gael TD for Wicklow/East Carlow, Andrew Doyle, has welcomed the continued and consistent deadlines that have been met by BAM and the Department of Transport in order to complete the upgrade between Rathnew and Arklow. “The opening ceremony will likely be two months ahead of schedule in mid July”, said Doyle.
“Deadlines have thankfully been met, with the N11 upgrade, by BAM and the Department of Transport in order to complete the upgrade between Rathnew and Arklow. Since the project was first put on hold in 2004, I consistently lobbied to get it prioritised again. After much lobbying by myself and others, it is hugely welcome to finally see it being completed. This piece of national and regional infrastructure will pay dividends to the county of Wicklow and commuters who pass through our county.
“The funding for this vital piece of infrastructure came from a Public Private Partnership, the first transport PPP of its kind since 2007. I have watched it’s progress with interest since the works began and in my opinion it has been a very successful project with the minimum possible inconvenience caused. The delivery of this 90km motorway stretch from Dublin to Gorey will enhance tourism and investment opportunities in the County while efficiently accommodating the large number of commuters who travel on this road.
The Operations & Maintenance of the N11/M11 is delivered through the BAM PPP contract. The Operational and Maintenance contract comprises of the main carriageway, the underbridges, the on & off ramps. BAM civil obligations include routine, cyclical and major maintenance of the road as well as winter maintenance and traffic management. In addition the Winter Maintenance contract covers the main carriageway, the four separated junctions, Junction 20 Arklow North Interchange Overbridge, Junction 21 Arklow South Interchange Underbridge.
“The completed upgrade works will mean 16.5km of four lane dual carriageway linking the existing Arklow Bypass with the Arklow/Rathnew Bypass. The opening ceremony is due to take place in mid-July, two months ahead of schedule which is good news for those who commute to & from Dublin as it will cut at least ten minutes from the journey” concluded Doyle.