Porterstown Link Road opens to traffic

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The new Porterstown Link road opened to traffic today. Congratulations to Kilwex the contractor and to Caroline Butler from Clifton Scannell engineering consultants for getting this project completed on time. 

Work began last autumn thanks to the €1.5m made available from Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar. The project had been designed and approved by Fingal County Council in 2008 but for some reason the Fianna Fail/Green Party government never provided the funding. 

The new road will make life easier for commuters and local drivers alike. It will help relieve traffic at the Clonsilla rail crossing and on the Clonsilla road and improve the quality of life in the general area.

There were some delays at the traffic lights on the first day it opened. At my request the lights were tweaked this morning (April 19th) and will be kept under review for the next few weeks. 

The original plans were for the roundabout to remain. However, given that a secondary school and possibly two primary schools will be accessed from the junction, it was decided that traffic lights would provide more safety for pedestrians.

The old Porterstown road will now be closed to vehicular traffic at the railway crossing so all traffic between the new Porterstown Link road and the Clonsilla road will have to travel over the Dr. Troy Bridge.

The junction of the Luttrellstown road and the Lucan/Clonsilla road at the main gates to Luttrellstown Castle will be changed to give priority to Luttrellstown/Lucan traffic, effectively making the road to the Clonsilla rail crossing a side road.

The Porterstown Link road works entailed:

  • 550m link road from Luttrellstown to Diswellstown Roads;
  • Realignment/reconstruction of section of Luttrellstown Road;
  • Footpaths and cycletracks;
  • Location and protection of existing HP gas main;
  • Diversion of ESB and telecommunication services;
  • Large concrete attenuation tank;
  • New drainage, water mains, gas mains and ducted services;
  • Traffic lighting and public lighting;
  • Landscaping and boundary treatments;
  • Road markings and signage.

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