Transport infrastructure improvements for Cork, Dublin

A €215 million upgrade of the Dunkettle Interchange in Cork has been approved by Government in advance of Budget 2021 .

Dunkettle interchange is a road junction in east Cork City, forming a junction between the M8, N25 and the N40. Minister of State for Transport Hildegarde Naughton described the upgrade as “vital” for Cork city and region.

The appointment of contractor Sisk to carry out the the upgrade had been delayed for over a year as Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) was not satisfied with initial bids.

It is understood TII saved more than €40 million in putting the project out to tender for a second time. The figure of €215 million includes land costs.

The project involves putting in place an interchange just north of the Jack Lynch Tunnel to allow traffic travelling north-south on the M8 and traffic travelling east-west on the N25 move freely in either direction freely with slip roads providing links between both major arteries.

Dunkettle Interchange is the only remaining project in the National Roads Programme scheduled to go to construction this year, although the Government will today announce progress will continue on a number of schemes, funded under Budget 2021.

Work is expected to begin three more schemes in 2021. These are:

the N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue in Co Roscommon
the N69 Listowel Bypass in Co Kerry
the N59 Moycullen Bypass in Co Galway

N11 pause

However doubt hangs over the progression of key projects such as the proposed M20 Cork-Limerick motorway, the Galway outer ring road and N11/M11 improvements, all of which which require ongoing planning funding in today’s budget.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has already said he would pause the expansion of the N11 through the Glen of the Downs, in Co Wicklow. However M11 improvements between

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Home remodeling tour features homes in Bexley, Hilliard, Dublin, more

Steve Stephens
| The Columbus Dispatch

After a season in which the most popular home and garden tours have been cancelled or moved online, Columbus-area remodelers have decided it is finally time to welcome the public back to see, in person, some of their best work.

The Columbus chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) will host the region’s first major home tour of the year on Saturday and next Sunday. 

The tour will feature remodeling projects at seven homes, and one remodeler’s showroom showcase.

“The decision to move forward with the tour has been really hard, but we are very excited,” said Pam Patter, executive director of NARI of Central Ohio.

Special pandemic precautions will be taken for the tour, Patter said.

The number of people allowed at one time in each home will be limited, and social distancing and face masks will be required, she said. And, unlike at previous NARI tours, guests will not be able to look on their own, but will be accompanied by tour representatives at each site.

Otherwise, as in previous tours, guests will see a variety of projects that the individual homeowners and remodeling companies are eager to show off. The projects include a kitchen, outdoor living space, a wine room and whole-house remodels in homes ranging from a historic Bexley mansion to a Grandview cottage.

Dan Gauthier’s Hilliard house on the Scioto River had been scheduled to appear on NARI’s spring tour, which was cancelled. Gautier said he and his wife, Natasha Bowen, were a bit hesitant to have their home included in the upcoming tour.

“We have been incredibly careful since the pandemic started,” he said.

But Gauthier said he is confident in the precautions that tour officials are taking, including wiping down and disinfecting surfaces in

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