N19 Shannon Airport Access Road Improvement Scheme

Sustainable Infrastructure

Location: Shannon, Co. Clare
Client: Clare County Council
Status: Ongoing
Overall Project Value: €20M
Start Date: September 2019

Brief Description

The N19 National Primary Road extends from M18 Junction 9 to Knockbeagh Point Roundabout, a distance of approximately 5km. The route provides access to Shannon International Airport and the Shannon Free Zone industrial area, and a northern access to Shannon Town. The N19 has five intermediate junctions:

  • A left-in left-out junction for southbound traffic, providing access to Shannon Free Zone (East)
  • A 5-arm junction “Shannon Town roundabout” where the N19 is crossed by the R472
  • Two roundabouts giving access to Shannon Free Zone (West), at Drumgeely and Gateway West
  • A priority junction giving access to the western end of Shannon Town.

The route is good-quality dual carriageway between the M18 and the Drumgeely roundabout, and single-carriageway of mixed quality between Drumgeely roundabout and Knockbeagh Point.The section of the N19 National Primary Road under consideration in this project extends from Drumgeely Roundabout to Knockbeagh Point Roundabout.

The proposed scheme is approximately 2.2 km in length and comprises primarily of single carriageway cross section. The existing surface comprises a combination of bituminous and concrete surfaces and much of the pavement has exceeded its design life. Dedicated off-road cycle facilities are not provided and facilities for pedestrians require significant improvement to meet current design standards.

Gaps in street lighting are evident on approach to the Airport presenting significant safety concerns for vulnerable road users. All these deficiencies require vital improvement works to address non-compliance with design standards.

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FT Responsibilities

In October 2019 Fehily Timoney and Company Ltd. and Clandillon Civil Consulting Ltd. were appointed to carry out the development of the N19 Shannon Airport Access scheme through stages 1 to 4 of the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) Project Management Guidelines (TII PMG) (PE-PMG-02041), TII’s Project Manager’s Manual for Major National Road Projects (TII PMM) (PE-PMG-02042) and TII’s Project Appraisal Guidelines (TII PAG) for Clare County Council.

Phases 1 to 4 include:

• Phase 1 (Concept and Feasibility)
• Phase 2 (Options Selection)
• Phase 3 (Design and Environmental Evaluation)
• Phase 4 (Statutory Processes)

FT have successfully completed Phase 1 and are currently nearing the completion of Phase 2. FT have delivered a comprehensive option selection and project appraisal process and expect to publish an Emerging Preferred Option in Q4 2021.

FT is also undertaking the role of Project Supervisor for the Design Phase in accordance with the Health and Safety Regulations.

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Proposed scheme length and comprises primarily single carriageway cross section

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Overall project value

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