Work has begun on the first construction phase of the Dublin Airport North Runway.
A number of pre-commencement conditions relating to the project were discharged in December, allowing for the works to start.
This initial phase of the project will run for about eight months and will support up to 100 construction jobs. As previously indicated, the works will involve the diversion of the Naul Road, a realignment of the Forrest Little Road, and associated works including site fencing, services diversions, and site clearance and demolitions.
The Naul Road diversion is a new 2.5km single 8m wide carriageway road linking Huntstown to the St. Margaret’s Bypass, running south of the North Runway.
The existing Forrest Little Road, which is within the footprint of North Runway, will be moved to a more northerly alignment. This will involve the construction of approximately 900m of single 8m wide carriageway.
The works will include temporary traffic management measures such as lane closures, short-term diversions and one-way traffic during the construction period. Local communities will be advised in advance of these activities. Forrest Little Road will remain open, with the exception of the junction with Forrest Road, until the new road and junction have been completed.
daa has prepared an Environmental Protection Plan which sets out measures to minimise disruption to local communities from traffic, noise, dust and other construction-related issues.
Access routes for construction traffic have been designated from both east and west of the airport. Contractors will be required to use these routes exclusively. These restrictions have been applied by daa on contractors to address concerns expressed by local residents.
Construction works are scheduled to take place between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. There will be no bulk materials deliveries to site during rush hour and wheel wash units and/or road sweepers will be located at construction interfaces, where required.