To ask the Minister for Transport if future roadworks, tunnels or bridges will have the ability to accommodate supertrucks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Bernard J. Durkan.
For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 6th December, 2007.
Ref No: 33166/07
Answered by the Minister for Transport
(Noel Dempsey TD)
The design of roads, including road bridges and tunnels, on the national road system is a matter for the National Roads Authority under the Roads Act 1993. The NRA Design Manual for Roads and Bridges is also applicable to non-national roads.
Arrangements are being made to introduce a statutory maximum vehicle height limit of 4.65 metres.
As with the Dublin Port Tunnel, the planned Limerick Tunnel will have a height of 4.65 metres. No other road tunnels are currently planned. Any supertrucks of a height of 4.65 metres or lower can be accommodated under any of the two existing tunnels and in the Limerick Tunnel which is under construction.