The Government has signed a contract with a consortium to construct the €282 million project to upgrade the N11 between Arklow and Rathnew to a four lane dual carriageway and remove the bottleneck at Newlands Cross on the N7 Limerick/Cork/Waterford Road in Dublin. Both projects have been bundled together with the N11 upgrade works starting first.
N11 upgrade to start within weeks
Greeting the announcement, D'Arcy stated – "The N11 upgrade will improve road safety on a notoriously dangerous stretch of road, 16.5km long between Arklow and Rathnew and will also include the first on-line service station, just north of Gorey. Essentially it will connect the existing N11 Arklow Bypass with the existing N11 Rathnew/Ashford Bypass, creating a continuous motorway/dual carriageway from Dublin to Gorey. The entire project is due to be completed within two years and on-site works are expected to begin within weeks. These projects will make a huge difference to road users and will finally remove major bottlenecks which were not addressed during the boom. The N11 will improve safety standards the minute it's opened."
Upgrading to the same standard as the Gorey bypass will make a huge difference to road safety and commuting times
First PPP since 2007
This is the first transport Public Private Partnership to be signed since the economy ran into trouble in 2007 and shows that we can once again raise private finance to invest in crucial transport infrastructure. This project is made possible by funding from the European Investment Bank, Bank of Ireland, and the National Pension Reserve Fund.
European Investment Bank President Hoyer confirmed that it will now be considering applications for funding the M11 Gorey-Enniscorthy roads, the N25 New Ross bypass, and the N17-18 Gort-Tuam link road. These three projects are part of the Government's stimulus package announced last year.