The aim of the Roads & Transport division is to promote and facilitate the provision of all transport in an integrated manner and so to foster social and economic development, having regard to environmental considerations, sustainable development and social inclusion and health and safety.
Under the Roads Act 1993, public roads are classified as National, Regional or Local. However, not all public roads are 'in the charge' of the local authorities. Some roads may have public right of way access over them but are still classified as private roads and are therefore maintained privately.
Roads that are in the charge of the local authority and thereby maintained by the local authority are classified either as National Roads, Regional Roads or Local Roads depending on their strategic importance in terms of being arterial routes between centres of high population, regionally important routes or simply local traffic routes.
The Minister for Transport Tourism & Sport is empowered to declare roads to be National or Regional Roads. The remaining roads are Local Roads, which are in the remit of the Road Authority to classify. Generally speaking the Road Authority, in this instance, is the county council, but from 1 June 2014, with the abolition of town councils and the creation of new municipal districts, all town council roads are under the jurisdiction of Wicklow County Council.
M11/N11 Junction 4 to 14 Improvement Scheme
Information regarding the N11/M11 Junction 4 to 14 Improvement Scheme can be found at https://n11m11.ie
N11 Parallel Service Road Kilmacanogue
A contract for the constructin of the N11 Parallel Service Road at Kilmacanogue was signed on the 13th January 2020 by Wicklow County Council with SIAC Construction Ltd.
The contract provides for the construction of a parallel service road to segregate traffic entering and exiting the residential and commerical properties on the southbound carriageway at Kilmacanogue as well as traffic exiting the mainline traffice 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 traffice at Kilmacanogue. The service road will have a speed limit of 50 kph.
The proposed scheme is approximately 1.6km in lenght 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.
Site works have recommenced and it is anticipated that 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.
N81 Knockroe Bends Realighnment Scheme
A contract for the N81 Knockroe Bend Realignment Scheme was signed with Clonmel Enterprises by Wicklow County Council on Monday 2nd September 2019.
The Realignment Scheme involves the upgrade of the N81 National Secondary Road at Knockroe Bend over approximately 1 kilometre.
This bend is situated on the N81 approximately 800m south of Hollywood Cross (Junction of N81 and R756) and approximately 11km south of Blessington between two sections of relatively good alignment and has been the scene of numerous collisions.
The scheme has been prepared to improve road standards, to implement an improvement in the road safety performance of this section of the N81 and reduce the occurrence of collisons by realigning and widening the road at this location.
Site supervision of the main works contract will be provided by RPS Consulting Engineers.
The scheme has been funded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland.