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Traffic / Roads Update - Access to the centre of Navan for cyclists and pedestrians using the Kentstown Road is set to be vastly improved with the delivery of Navan’s first cantilevered bridge - ***UPDATE*** Closed westbound from 8am Thursday 21st June, and full closure to vehicular traffic only from Monday 25th June to Friday 31st August

Date Released: 20 June 2018

 

UPDATE 20/06/2018 AT 4pm: 

Closed westbound from 8am Thursday 21st June, and full closure from Monday 25th June to Friday 31st August.

Pedestrian access across bridge will be maintained during closure. A signed traffic diversion route will be in place.

 

Navan Bridge Road Closure

 

 

UPDATE 20/06/2018 at 12.30pm:  

Closed westbound from lunchtime today (20th June), and full closure to vehicular traffic from Monday 25th June to Friday 31st August.

Pedestrian access across bridge will be maintained during closure.

 

Original Release Date:  06/06/2018

NEW CYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE FOR NAVAN

 

Access to the centre of Navan for cyclists and pedestrians using the Kentstown Road is set to be vastly improved with the delivery of Navan’s first cantilevered bridge. This major new piece of modern infrastructure will improve safety, encourage more people into the town centre, and make it far more accessible and an attractive place to visit, shop and to stay longer.

 

Meath County Council is set to commence the delivery of this project on Monday the 18th of June, assisted by financial support provided by the National Transport Authority. The bridge and associated works will provide safer facilities for pedestrians and cyclists at the “New Bridge” in Navan, and will be of particular benefit to the students attending St. Michael’s Loreto Secondary School.

 

The project provides a greatly improved pedestrian link to the town centre, and is being constructed in advance of the Navan Town Scheme (Navan 2030) to enhance accessibility to the town at this key pedestrian gateway location which serves the residential catchments in Johnstown and Kentstown. The cantilevered bridge will also provide a vital link to connect other future sustainable transport projects planned for the town.

 

As part of the project, a new 4 metre wide cycle/pedestrian structural steel bridge will be cantilevered from the existing “New Bridge” masonry stone arch bridge, resulting in the appearance of a boardwalk spanning over the River Boyne. A new shared cyclist/pedestrian surface will be provided on the Kentstown Road to link the new bridge to the junction of Convent Lane, with upgraded public lighting throughout. New footpaths and a raised table pedestrian crossing at the junction of the Convent Lane and Kentstown Road are also to be constructed. The junction of the R147/R153/Timmons Hill will include pedestrian crossings on each arm to facilitate safe crossings at this busy intersection.

 

Traffic Management Plans will be implemented to minimise the levels and duration of disruption anticipated, and measures will be implemented where practicable to reduce the potential impact of the works on the free flow of traffic through and around the town. Advance warning signs will be provided on all approach roads and will provide regular updates.

 

Short term traffic restrictions are to be implemented to accelerate the delivery of the works. This includes closing the Kentstown Road (R153) to traffic at the “New Bridge” during the summer months. Traffic will be initially restricted from Monday the 18th June until the 22nd of June. This will see westbound traffic on the Kentstown Road (R153) diverted onto the Metges Road and onwards to the R147 via Johnstown. Eastbound traffic travelling towards Kentstown on the R153 will be able to continue to do so until the end of the state examinations (22nd of June).  

 

A full closure to vehicular traffic in both directions across the bridge is then scheduled to run during the school holidays between Saturday the 23rd of June and the 31st of August. Pedestrians will still be able to use the bridge during this time. After the 31st of August, localised traffic management will be in place on the Kentstown Road, with potentially some requirement for short term closures to allow specific works to be completed. It is currently anticipated that the bridge and related works will be completed in December of this year and will be in place for decades to come.

 

Further information and updates will be available on our website during the works.

 

New Cycle & Pedestrian Bridge for Navan

 

 

 

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