Road Schemes

MosArt National Road Schemes

Project Description:

MosArt has been involved in the assessment of over 20 road projects throughout Ireland on schemes ranging from national route strategic corridors to town inner relief roads. Their experience covers Phases 3, 4 and 5 of the NRA National Road Project Planning structure (see project list hereunder) and they have worked both directly with several National Roads Design Offices as well as with a number of EIS Consultants.

Training and Participation in Oral Hearings

Tomas O’Leary, MosArt Director, has received formal training in Expert Witness for Oral Hearings and has practical experience in serving in this role for a number of road schemes.

Training and Education in Landscape Impact Assessment

MosArt has contributed for over a decade towards the Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment given annually by UCD’s Department of Environmental Resource Management.

Case Study: Ballaghadereen Bypass in County Roscommon

Tomas O'LearyMosArt were involved in both Route Corridor Selection (Phase 3) as well as Preliminary Design and Statutory Procedures (Phase 4) for the proposed Ballaghadereen Bypass in County Roscommon. This 13.6km scheme was selected as the preferred route from four route corridor options and MosArt’s responsibility was to prepare a semi-quantitative assessment of likely landscape and visual impacts as well as proposing detailed mitigation measures.

An Oral Hearing was held for this project in 2008, requiring MosArt to prepare Appellant response material on behalf of Roscommon National Roads Design Office.

Case Study: M4 Celbridge Interchanges Scheme

Road-schemes2The M4 Celbridge Interchanges Scheme is unusual insofar as it passes through the designed parkland landscape of Castletown House. It was paramount that the road did not adversely impact on upon the framed view of Connolly’s Folly along a northwest viewing axis. High berms were used to provide screening of the road and traffic. MosArt were later commissioned to design and implement the landscape scheme for the project.

Project Experience

Phase 3 – Route Corridor Selection

  • N5 Ballaghadereen Bypass (2006) and N5 Strategic Corridor for Roscommon NRDO (2007).
  • N24 Clonmel Bypass (2006) and the N80 Road Improvement Scheme (2007) for Tramore House Regional Design Office.
  • N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin Road (2006), N56 Mountcharles to Killybegs Road (2006), Letterkenny Inner Relief Road (2007) and N16 realignment from Manorhamilton to Glenfarne in County Leitrim (2006) for Donegal National Roads Design Office.
  • N15 realignment from Sligo town to the County Leitrim border for Sligo County Council (2004-2005).
  • Carrick-on-Shannon Bypass (2003) and R402 Realignment (2002) for M. C. O’Sullivan and Company.
  • Celbridge Interchanges Scheme for Kildare County Council (2000).
  • Mallow Inner Relief Road for Fehily Timoney and Company (2000)

Phase 4 – Preliminary Design and Statutory Procedures

  • LIA of the proposed Mallow Inner Relief Road for Fehily Timoney and Company (2006).
  • N16 realignment from Manorhamilton to Glenfarne in County Leitrim (2006) for Donegal National Roads Design Office.
  • N5 Ballaghadereen Bypass for Roscommon NRDO (2006).
  • Celbridge Interchanges Scheme (2000), N7 Naas Road Interchanges Scheme (2001) and Naas Inner Relief Road for Kildare County Council (2002).

Phase 5 – Construction Documentation Preparation / Tender Process / Award of Contract

  • Detailed landscape design proposals, tendering and work supervision for Celbridge Interchanges Scheme for Kildare County Council (2001 – current).
  • Landscape design of road structures at Clane for O’Connor Sutton Cronin (2002).