Cllr Michael Sheehan, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, felt a great sense of pride as he welcomed the opening of the long anticipated M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Motorway and associated roads and joined An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. in the official ceremony today.
“The new motorway is a huge boost to the county. It will enhance employment opportunities, benefit tourism and will help address the bottlenecks and reduce the numbers of heavy goods vehicles through Camolin, Ferns and Enniscorthy,” stated Cllr Sheehan.
He complimented all involved in the vital road infrastructure undertaking, including BAM, IRIDIUM and DRAGADOS companies, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Wexford County Council and all the government departments and officials.
“I would like to pay tribute to the many landowners and communities who have been affected by this major scheme. I wish to thank them for their tolerance and patience during difficult times throughout the planning and construction of this project. Finally, travel safely agus go n-éirí an bóthar leat,” concluded the New Ross District member.
The M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP Scheme comprises the construction of three new sections of road, which will form part of the National Road network, namely; M11/N11 Mainline; N30 Dual Carriageway and N30 Mainline.
The M11/N11 Mainline is approximately 27 kilometres in length and is of motorway standard. It connects the new Frankfort Junction (near the Clogh Roundabout), at the southern end of the Gorey bypass, to the new Scurlocksbush Roundabout (near Oylegate village) on the existing N11, approximately seven kilometres south of Enniscorthy.
The N30 Dual Carriageway (N80 Link Road) is approximately four kilometres in length and is of Type 2 dual carriageway (2+2) standard. It connects the existing Scarawalsh Roundabout at its western end to the new Ballydawmore Junction on the M11 mainline to the east.
The N30 Mainline is approximately 8km in length and is of standard single carriageway standard. It connects the Scarawalsh Roundabout to the new Templescoby Roundabout on the existing N30.
The first traffic began using the new M11 motorway from 4 pm this evening and it is estimated that the scheme will result in travel times on the Dublin to Wexford route of approximately 15 minutes during off-peak times and 30 minutes during peak times.