|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Conyngham Road, Dublin (O127344)|
|To:||Beach Road, Irishtown (O186334)|
|Distance:||7.4 km (4.6 miles)|
|Meets:||R109, R148, R839, R810, R811, R812, R110, R137, R114, R117, R138, R816, R118, R815, R131, R802|
The R111 forms an important part of the Dublin Outer Orbital Route, carrying traffic from the eastern side of the city towards the routes out to the west. For most of its route, it runs along the southern bank of the Grand Canal.
It starts at the junction with the R131 in Irishtown. The R111's status as a major route is hindered by the narrow crossing of the Dodder on London Bridge, and then under the low bridge at South Lotts.
At Macartney Bridge, the road begins to shadow the Grand Canal. It meets several key routes, before handing over most of its traffic at Suir Road. From here the R111 moves from its wide and straight alignment to a more claustrophobic affair, as it passes through Kilmainham and over the Camac River. Here it merges with the South Circular Road.
There have been several plans to cover up the Grand Canal, and use the space created to build a dual carriageway. The General Traffic Plan of 1965 called for it to be D3 with local access roads. This met with complaints about the canal being covered up and concerns that it would just fill up with traffic. In 1971, with more new roads proposed, it was decided to downgrade this one to a scenic D2, though before that decision was made a number of potential new diamond GSJs were considered. No improvements were ever built, anyway.