A preferred route has been chosen for the N11/M11 upgrade
The N11 can turn into a car park at peak times.
Wicklow County Council has stepped up the development of the N11/M11 Junction 4 to Junction 14 Improvement Scheme in partnership with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the Department of Transport.
The 22km section of the N11/M11, extending from the existing M11/M50 junction west of Shankill to the N11/M11 junction at Coyne’s Cross, has historically been a traffic blackspot.
The project team has been considering various proposals for the upgrade of the N11/M11 and have selected the ‘Red Corridor’ as the preferred route option.
The preferred option is not the major expansion of the motorway but rather investment in local roads to improve connectivity between towns and villages, including new pedestrian and cycling routes, in order to keep local traffic off the route.
However, it's expected there will be some lane widening on the existing route to input bus lanes and alleviate traffic pressure.
Details of the proposed scheme are due to be presented at the monthly Wicklow County Council meeting on Monday night, but there is an ongoing public consultation open on the scheme.
A public display event is available online where the public can access a display of information boards and maps describing the preferred option.
The public display platform will also include an online booking facility where the public and other stakeholders can schedule an online or telephone meeting with a member of the project team during the consultation period up until Monday, 20 September.
Submissions will be accepted via the online feedback form available on the project website, or by email to email@example.com, or can be posted to Wicklow County Council.
There's no timeline in place for the proposed project and it will be dependent on priorities laid out in the forthcoming National Development Plan.
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