The M18 will close for five days next week to allow the National Roads Association (NRA) to carry out a safety assessment following a spate of recent accidents.
The northbound carriageway of the motorway between Barefield (Junction 14) and Crusheen (Junction 15) will be closed from next Monday morning, March 10, until next Friday, March 14, to allow for “drainage assessment and improvement works” to take place.
The closure comes after months of pressure from Clare County Council, Clare Gardaí and the local media, following a spate of accidents on the road over the Christmas period. The NRA had previously rejected calls for a safety audit to be conducted and speed restrictions to be introduced – but had a change of heart last week, confirming that a safety “engineering assessment” would take place in the coming months.
The move was welcomed yesterday by Cllr Pat Hayes (FF).
“I’m happy that the NRA are finally seeing some sense about this and I hope that the assessment will lead to the problem on the road being rectified,” he said.
The closure will commence at 9am on Monday and run until approximately 2pm on Friday. Traffic will be diverted from the existing M18 Northbound onto the R458 (the old N18) at Junction 14 Barefield and then returning to M18 Northbound at Junction 15.
“During the period June to September 2013, the NRA assumed responsibility for maintenance on the M18. Since this time, routine maintenance works have been undertaken including road sweeping and cleaning of gullies, slot drains and outfalls in addition to other general maintenance activities which assist with rapid drainage of water from the road surface,” said an NRA spokesperson.
“In addition, the NRA monitors and assesses the network under its direct control with a view to carrying out any maintenance or remedial works which might be required to improve road drainage and maintain the design capacity of the drainage system. However, the possibility of the occurrence of surface water due to extreme weather events cannot be fully eliminated.”

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