Pilot Programme Launched - Ireland's First 2+2 Road Type Opens in Dromod Roosky
Dr. Jimmy Devins, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, today officially opened the N4 Dromod Roosky Bypass. The 10km stretch of new roadway is part of pilot programme to identify the benefits of the (greenfield) 2+2 carriageway.
Delivered 5 months ahead of schedule at a cost of €84.5 million the Dromod Roosky pilot 2+2 carriageway is significant from both a safety and investment standpoint. It consists of two lanes in both directions divided by a barrier, thus limiting the risk of head on collisions. The additional cost involved, approximately 10% higher then the 2+1 road type, will deliver long term value for money through the provision for increased traffic capacity.
Commenting at the roadside, Dr. Jimmy Devins said; “This very welcome road project will provide bypasses of Dromod and Roosky villages resulting in a better and safer environment for residents. Road users will experience improved journey times and will appreciate the better driving experience the new road offers.”
Peter Malone, Chairman of the National Roads Authority said; “The opening of the Dromod to Roosky bypass serving both counties Longford and Leitrim will bring major relief to drivers travelling East, Northeast and West. It will remove two notorious bottlenecks on the N4 route resulting in an easier journey for thousands of motorists while making the area, which is a hugely popular tourist attraction, more accessible to visitors. The removal of 6,000 vehicles from Dromod and Roosky will bring with it an improved quality of life and a safer environment for residents."
The scheme has been funded by the Irish Government, under the National Development Plan 2007-2013 and part funded by the European Structural Funds. The N4 Dromod Roosky Bypass will contribute to the development of Counties Leitrim and Longford and indeed the Border, Midland and Western Region generally.
- The Swedish Roads Authority is currently using the 2+2 carriageway road type.
- 2+2 carriageway road type differs from a traditional dual carriageway because it consists of at grade junctions and roundabouts.
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