Road Infrastructure Developments 2019 to 2022Ray O’Leary DTTAS Ireland’s National Transport Infrastructure Conference 20thJune 2019
Format of Presentation • Background / Overall budgets • National Roads • Brexit related projects • Regional and Local Roads • Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations
Departmental Roads Division Role:Investment, Road Policy & Legislation • Investment Programme • Input to Project Ireland 2040 • Tolling Policy + EETS + PPP programme • Road Standards (e.g. DMURS) + Classification • Speed Limits • Roads Legislation (e.g. transposition of EIAR)
Impact of Road Investment on Employment Accessibility Access to employment following investment in major inter-urban routes 2018 Low High Accessibility Score Note: Accessibility score is set against highest zone for employment i.e. Rotunda Ward, Dublin 2006 2018
Local Authorities • Local Authorities are responsible for the administration, construction, and maintenance of Regional and Local Roads. They do so using the various general funding sources available to them which are supplemented by DTTAS allocations (except in the case of the Dublin Authorities where DTTAS funding is limited to training and strategic grants) • In addition to these, Local Authorities are responsible, in partnership with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), for construction and maintenance of the National Road network, comprising of National Primary and National Secondary Roads. Most works on national roads are funded 100% by TII
Road Lengths & Traffic Total Network of over 99,000 km • network is over twice the European average in terms of length per head of population • national road network of 5,500 km • regional & local road network of over 93,500 km Traffic • National roads which comprise less than 6% of the network carry 45% of all traffic while Regional roads which comprise about 13% of the network carry 30% of all traffic
Planning Land Use & Transport – Outlook 2040 (PLUTO) Study will build on SIFLT & NPF & objectives include: • Identify cost of maintaining current & future transport network • Identify transport infrastructure needed in urban centres (cities & towns) • Measures needed to improve international links • Examine approaches which could be taken to mitigate emissions in the transport sector
Some Road Inputs to PLUTO • Update cost estimates for annual maintenance and rehabilitation (use MapRoad data) • Estimate extent of backlog using 2018 regional road survey (report bring finalised) + MapRoad data • Reevaluate quantum of own resources expenditure on roads by councils • Need for major Roads capital projects to be considered in conjunction with public transport considerations
National Development Plan Projects Under Construction Under Construction N7 Naas Road Widening
National Development Plan PPP Projects Under Construction Boyne Bridge
National Development Plan Projects at Tender Stage At Tender
National Development Plan Projects at/progressing to Tender
National Development Plan Projects at Planning & Design
National Development Plan Key Projects at Planning & Design
Other National Roads Investment Actions Steady State Investment Protecting Asset quality and value Minor Realignment Engineering Measure 53 of National Safety Strategy Road Pavement Renewal €m Ahead of NDP target to achieving Steady State renewal by 2021 Over 2 fold increase Safety Schemes at high risk locations Engineer Measure 54 of National safety Strategy 319 Lane km completed in 2018
MMaRC Contract Overview EIWO • EIWO = Employer Instructed Works Order
The M50 40km in length with 15 junctions Upgrade completed 2010 TEN-T Core (M1-N7) & Comprehensive Network (N7-M11) Caters for in excess of 350,000 vehicle trips each weekday 145,000 AADT on busiest section (N4-N7) Average trip distance of 12km (equates to 1-2 junctions) Only 4% end to end trips (M1-M11) Facilitates local, inter-urban, business & freight trips Provides direct access to Dublin Port and Dublin Airport Key national freight corridor Rapid traffic growth since 2013 has led to increasing congestion
Ongoing management of M50 • Short term measures • Merge re-lining • Planned diversion routes • Inter-agency coordination group Incident Response 4 Incident Support Units on M50 4 Recovery Vehicle Units at peak Located at strategic locations during peak hours Average response time – 15 minutes Provide support to An Garda Síochána and other Emergency Services
M50 – Mandatory Variable Speed-limits • Advance motorway indicators to display speed limits that can be changed to suit traffic conditions (or weather / environmental conditions) • Generally mounted on overhead gantries • Used in combination with variable message signage • Typically implemented with system of enforcement cameras to ensure compliance
Main Changes in 2019 • Overall RLR grants are up 16% on 2018 (and 49% on 2017) • RI, RM & DG all increased • Drainage Grant doubled • CIS increased • New 2 year CIS programme will be sought for 2020 / 2021
Maintenance Requirements • Minimum length of Surface Dressing required per year is 4,700 km (about 5% of network) • Minimum length of strengthening required per year is 4,700 km (about 5% of network) • In 2005 estimated backlog was in the order of €2.7 billion • In 2017 estimated backlog from limited data is in the order of €4.5 billion. • More accurate estimates will be prepared using information from MapRoad as further condition ratings are input
Restoration Maintenance (RM) The Restoration Maintenance (RM) element of the grant aims to protect the structural integrity of the road by way of surface dressing (and necessary basic preparatory works). If more than basic preparatory works are required then this does not constitute RM. The purpose of RM is to maintain the asset before it requires improvement.
Community Involvement Scheme (CIS) • Involves either a contribution (15%) from the community (e.g. residents, Coillte, quarry owners) along a road or works to be undertaken by them • Ring fenced monies of €25m for 2018/2019 • Scheme is fully subscribed • Allows rehabilitation works to be accelerated • Usually happens on local secondary or tertiary roads
Drainage Grant • Introduced in 2018 • Grant doubled to €20m in 2019 • Drainage is important both for road safety and for maintenance reasons
Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations • Regulations arise out of Ireland’s obligations under EU Directive 2011/92/EU as amended by Directive 2014/52/EU • Due to be signed and in force in coming weeks • Has implications for DTTAS, Local Authorities and TII
Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations Section 50: • LA/TII still conduct EIA for certain types of road development. • Screening continues to be carried out on projects which may have significant effects on the environment. • ABP now have power to seek further information from the road developer prior to making screening decision. • Obligation on LA/TII to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment Report on road developments subject to EIA containing the specific information listed in the Regulations.
Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations Section 51 • LA/TII must send an electronic version of the planning notice, EIAR and map of the road development location to ABP. • ABP to make EIAR public on its website. • ABP to also send to prescribed bodies including EPA. • Provisions for ABP to request additional information and publishing same on ABP website. • Provides for the consideration and decision making by ABP and approval/refusal of applications.
Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations Sections 51C – 51G • LA/TII have a duty to notify competent authority and comply with environmental modifications or conditions in an ABP order. • DTTAS/TII have powers to check that the ABP environmental conditions are being complied with and also have powers to enforce compliance.
Climate change – challenge of the future Flooding Rolling Crown Works Flooding M11
Other Emerging Challenges • “Connectivity Automation Sharing Electrification” PLUS • Digitisation; other Alternative Fuels • Future Jobs; e-Call & other EU developments; Climate Change Action Plan/NDP
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