Roadworks diversions and 60km/h zone on M7 and M8 motorways in Laois

Works will be carried out on the motorways from July to the end of September

Michelle Hogan

Reporter:

Michelle Hogan

Diversions to be put in  place on two busy Donegal roads

M7M8 Motorway – Proposed Roadworks / Lane Restrictions

Laois County Council has given notice of its intension for restrictions on the M8 and M7 during the summer.

Motorists can prepare for lane restrictions on the M8 motorway to through traffic between Junction 4 on the M8 and Junction 19 of the M7, during the period July 1 to September 30 2018.

The road restrictions are to facilitate mainline pavement works. There will be a specific diversion for vehicles carrying wide loads. 

Single lane will be provided and the motorway is expected to remain open at all times. There will also be traffic restrictions, including intermittent ramp closures and stop-and-go systems, in place at Junction 3 of the M8 and Junction 18 of the M7 to facilitate roadworks at slip-roads, roundabouts and regional roads passing through these junctions.

The full notice published on the Laois County Council website: 

"In accordance with the provisions of Section 75 of the above Act and Article 12 of the Roads Regulations, 1994, Laois County Council hereby serves notice that it proposes to place lane restrictions on the M8 motorway to through traffic between Junction 4 on the M8 and Junction 19 of the M7, during the period 1st July 2018 to 30th September 2018 to facilitate mainline pavement repair works. A Traffic Management Plan will be in operation.

"The works will be undertaken utilising a phased approach and diversions for wide loads, with diverted wide load traffic directed to follow signage along an alternative route. Single lane running will be provided and the motorway will remain open at all time to all vehicles, except for wide loads.

"Laois County Council hereby serves notice that it proposes to provide single lane running on the M8 motorway to through traffic between Junction 4 of the M8 and Junction 19 on the M7, on both the M8 northbound carriageway and the M8 southbound carriageway during this period.

"In addition, during this period there will also be traffic restrictions, including intermittent ramp closures and stop-and-go systems, in place at Junction 3 of the M8 and Junction 18 of the M7 to facilitate roadworks at slip-roads, roundabouts and regional roads passing through these junctions.

"Under Section 10 of the Road Works Speed Limit Road Traffic Act 2004, it is the intention of Laois County Council to impose a temporary Road Works Speed Limit from 1st July- 30th September from 120kph to 60kph at the above motorway location. The road works speed limit is required to facilitate the above works.

Maps of the diversion routes are available for inspection at www.laois.ie and Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise.  Also see link below.

"Any person wishing to object to the proposed roadworks / lane restrictions should do so in writing to the Administrative Officer, Roads Section, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise not later than 4.00 pm on Monday 18th June, 2018."

See all of the road work maps here.

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