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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*** - Bridge will reopen on 31st August and after that it will be necessary for some localised temporary traffic management measures on the Kentstown Road and the R147 to allow specific works to be completed

Date Released: 27 August 2018

UPDATE 27/08/2018:  

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 currently delivering this project, 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 of Johnstown and Athlumney. The cantilevered bridge will also provide a vital link to connect other future sustainable transport projects planned for the town.

It is also part of a wider plan to improve the cycle network in Navan as set out in the National Transport Authority’s Cycle Network for the Greater Dublin Area. In this regard, Meath County Council intends to bring forward a proposal in the coming weeks which will utilise the cantilever bridge for a cycle route, and will link the Trim Road with the Johnstown/Athlumney Area.

As part of the bridge 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.

During the summer holiday period, piling and pile caps were constructed at the bridge and the primary structural steel beams installed. Footpath works were also completed on the Kentstown Road. It is anticipated that remaining new footpaths to be constructed on the Kentstown Road, and those on the bridge, will be completed by the 31st of August. In addition, the new road surface and line marking are also scheduled to be completed in time for the reopening of the Kentstown Road on the 31stof August.

After the 31st of August, some localised temporary traffic management measures will still be necessary on the Kentstown Road and the R147, with potentially a requirement for some short term lane closures to allow specific works to be completed, such as the installation of the secondary structural steel beams to the bridge.

Traffic Management Plans will be implemented to minimise the levels and duration of disruption anticipated, and measures will continue to 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.

It is currently anticipated that the bridge and related works will be completed by December of this year and will be in place for decades to come. Meath County Council appreciates the forbearance of the general public and road users during the works and their co-operation for the duration.

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

 

Navan Bridge

 

Navan Bridge - footpath works

 

Navan Bridge - new footpath

 Cantilivered Bridge - Navan

  

 

UPDATE 21/08/2018 AT 3pm:

The Kentstown Road will reopen on the 31st of August.

We appreciate the forbearance of the public during the construction of the works associated with the new cantilevered cycle and pedestrian bridge.

  

Cantilivered Bridge - Navan

 

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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