Work longer hours on M7 to speed up project - Cllr

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Work longer hours on M7 to speed up project - Cllr
18:20 Friday 12th of October 2018

A politician has asked Kildare Co Council to consider requesting longer working hours on the M7 widening project to speed it up.

Cllr Suzanne Doyle also requested a 'progress report' on the motorway improvement scheme which is adding an extra lane in both directions between Johnstown and the M9 merge. 

A special speed limit of 60km per hour currently applies in the works zone for the health and safety of workers.

Works on the first phase between Junctions 8 (Johnstown) and Junction 10 (Naas South) are on track to finish by Spring 2019.

The councillor asked for details of the current works schedule and the "possibility of increasing operational hours on the project in order to complete it at the earliest time possible."

The M7 carries approximately 70,000 vehicles per day and is also the main network connection to the M9 to Waterford and the M8 to Cork.

The contract for the work, due to be completed in 2020, was awarded to SIAC/Colas JV in September 2017.

It is one of the most significant road schemes contained in the Government’s Building on Recovery Programme.

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