New service road off N11 to ease traffic congestion on Wicklow’s busiest highway
A contract for the construction of a new service road off one of the busiest stretches of the N11 was signed today.
The contract for the Parallel Service Road at Kilmacanogue was signed by Wicklow County Council and SIAC Construction Ltd.
The contract provides for the construction of a parallel service road to segregate traffic entering and exiting the residential and commercial properties on the southbound carriageway at Kilmacanogue as well as traffic exiting the mainline traffic at Junction 8.
The scheme seeks to enhance traffic safety on this section of the N11 by providing for safer traffic movements to and from the mainline traffic at Kilmacanogue. The service road will have a speed limit of 50kph.
The proposed scheme is approximately 1.6 km in length between southbound Junctions 7 and 8. The parallel service road will commence approximately 600 metres north of the Junction 8 diverge and will incorporate the existing exit ramp for Junction 8. Construction of the service road will require widening of the carriageway into the central reserve.
The council confirmed site works will commence “in the coming weeks”. It is understood the works will take between six and nine months to complete.
A council spokesperson said is anticipated two lanes of traffic will be maintained in both directions during construction, apart from “isolated night-time closures”.
The scheme is being funded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland.