With less than 20 days to go before the Waterford side of the M9 opens, the project itself is to be completed OVER 1 YEAR LATE. This has to be emphasised because you can be guaranteed that some County Councillor or TD will utter the words “The project was delivered on-time” … well it wasn’t. If you travel from Kilkenny to Waterford you will see signs at Ballyhale and Lukeswell saying “Opening Spring 2009” ; well that date has passed and still the road is not open.
The road is apparently finished except that a “safety audit” has to be completed, which may involve a TD, a scissors, a camera and a ribbon, no-one is quite sure. I just think they should “Open the Feckin’ Road !!”
So don’t be fooled – if somebody says the M9 Waterford section was opened ontime – this is a lie.
Minister Noel Dempsey reversed his decision to open the M9 Motorway on 8th Jan 2010 and the motorway will now be opened on Monday 21st December between 12 midday and 2pm with varying setups for north and south traffic.
The website boards.ie was inundated with posts about the M9 situation with calls made to the media and radio stations such as WLR FM, Kildare FM, Joe Duffy and Today FM. At lunchtime the decision was made to go ahead and open the new stretch of Motorway on the date set out in Tuesdays Irish Times. At one point there was a “People Power” movement which was going to go to the motorway at 2pm and manually move the bollards – i.e. the people would open the Motorway if the NRA did not.
Thankfully sense was seen through and all is well again in the world!
This should really cut down driving times to Waterford and Kilkenny from Dublin as well as getting rid of the usual delays at Castledermot (or Hassledermot) as it was called this week.
At Last ; Goodbye N9 at Castledermot – Hello M9.
The section of M9 between Carlow and Kilcullen was (unofficially) due to open on Thursday 17th December. A more official date was published by AA and the Irish Times of Monday 21st December at 2pm with Motorway open to traffic by 3pm. However this opening of the new Motorway section has apparently been delayed until 8th Jan 2010.
Today, the Irish Times reported that the “€300 million motorway from Kilcullen, Co Kildare, to Carlow is to open next Monday, some nine months ahead of schedule. The 27km stretch of motorway will provide a bypass of Castledermot and a new national secondary road to Athy town via the junction at Mullamast in Co Kildare.”
There are many sources on the web which now state that “the opening of the Kilcullen-Carlow link has been deferred until January by request of the Transport Minister.”
This makes total sense because the the Ministers are on Christmas holidays from this Friday … and they don’t come back to work until way after Christmas because they got an extra weeks holidays.
So it seems that the comfort and “Holiday Time” of a minister is better than a few people being killed or injured on a stretch of road which is 80Km to 100Km but where cars overtake you at 120Km with no Garda speedchecks. Last year on this stretch of road there were a multitude of crashes one of which claimed the lives of 2 people in one crash.
It will be interesting to see if the NRA will step in or if Minister Noel Dempsey will back down and cut the ribbon on the date specified.
The fact that a finished and totally usable 27km stretch of Motorway lies unused just because a Minister will not go and cut a ribbon just to get his photo in the paper is disgraceful.
…And they say our government is overpaid and out of touch?
There’s more proof!