End in sight for M7 bottleneck between Naas and Newbridge

M7 traffic
A notorious commuter bottleneck between Naas and the M9 interchange is set to be tackled with a major widening scheme. KildareNow understands that the Government is set to announce the multi-million euro upgrade in coming months - before the general election takes place next year. The 15 km route is frequently congested in both directions due to growing volumes of traffic at peak times - and average vehicle numbers have jumped by 3,000 in the past year alone. A Government source said: "All the indicators are showing that this section of the M7 needs extra capacity to cope with higher levels of users. "The proposed plan by the Department of Transport and Transport Infrastructure Ireland is to add an extra lane in each direction between Naas and the M9 interchange. "No budget or time frame has been confirmed yet but the scheme is expected to be announced in coming months - before the general election." Experts said that the opening of the Newland's Cross flyover late last year also increased the flow of southbound along the M7 which funnels from three lanes into two lanes at Naas.

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