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Drogheda

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DROGHEDA
Droichead Átha
Location Map ( geo)
20190816-1946 - St Laurences Gate, Drogheda 53.7158699N 6.347261W.jpg
St Laurence's Gate
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County
Louth • Meath
Highway Authority
Louth County
Forward Destination on
M1, N51
Next Terminal & Intermediate Destinations
Dublin • Dundalk • Navan

Drogheda is a town in County Louth, Ireland, on the M1 corridor. The town is situated in the Boyne Valley, with the river flowing through the centre town. The river is tidal at this point, and is fairly fast flowing, as the town and docks have created a narrow pinch point in the river.

The valley is dominated by the high level Boyne Viaduct, carrying the main Dublin-Belfast railway across the town.

With the next upstream road crossing being the Slane Bridge, some 15km to the west, Drogheda has over the years developed around this important crossing point, the last before the sea.

As the main route north from Dublin, the narrow streets and crossing point at St Mary's Bridge was the cause of considerable congestion, and so in the 1970s an Inner relief road scheme was constriucted, providing a new urban dual carriageway to the south of the Boyne, and a new bridge over the river for the N1, (the Bridge of Peace). In 2003, a bypass for the town opened, with the M1 now replacing the N1 and being routed away from the town to the west. The old N1 was renumbered as R132 through Drogheda. However, this is not quite the end of the story, as the M1 itself is tolled at this point, so there is still some through traffic driving through the town (and also across the Obelisk Bridge, and even as far west as Slane) in order to avoid the toll.

Bridges

The following bridges exist through the town:

Port Access Northern Cross Route

A new route to provide access to the port from the motorway was agreed for construction in September 2022[1]. The road will comprise 5km single expandable carriageway, four at-grade roundabouts, new trunk watermains, new trunk foul sewer, new underpass beneath the Dublin-Belfast mainline railway, and associated earthworks[2]. It will provide access to 5000 new homes in the area. Construction started with the sod turning taking place in March 2023[3].

Indicative route of the Port Access Northern Cross Route

Routes

Route To Notes

M1

Áth Cliath / DUBLIN ·

Sord / SWORDS

M1

Béal Feirste / BELFAST ·

Dún Dealgan / DUNDALK

N51

An Uaimh / NAVAN ·

Baile Shláine / SLANE

R108

An Aill / NAUL ·

Áth Cliath / DUBLIN

R132

Baile Brigín / BALBRIGGAN

R132

Dún Léire / DUNLEER

R150

Baile Ui Mhornáin / MORNINGTON ·

An Inse / LAYTOWN

R151

Baile an Bhiataigh / BETTYSTOWN

R152

Damhliag / DULEEK For N2 Cill Dhéagláin / ASHBOURNE

R166

Ceann Cloghair / CLOGHERHEAD

R167

Tearmann Feichín / TERMONFECKIN

R168

Collann / COLLON

Links

References



Drogheda
Junctions
Crossings
Roads
Dublin Outer Orbital Motorway • E01 • E104 (Dublin - Killeen) • E118 (Old System) • E126 (Old System) • L6 • L21 • M1 (Republic of Ireland) • N51 • R108 • R132 • R150 • R151 • R152 • R166 • R167 • R168 • R899 • R900 • T1 • T25 • T26
Related Pictures
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