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N80 Destinations (NW to SE) Length 140 km

The N80 road is a national secondary road in Ireland that runs southeastwards from its junction with the N6 in the town of Moate in County Westmeath, to the N11 at Ballynahallin, just north of Enniscorthy in County Wexford, a distance of 140 km. Total length is 140 km (87 mi).

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N80 through Stradbally where it is crossed by the R427

In common with most National secondary routes, the N80 is a simple two lane road without hard shoulders for much of its route. Some of the worst bends may have been removed through the years and some junctions improved, but general pavement quality is rather poor. No improvements are scheduled.

Works of note on the N80 include:

  • two km of new greenfield road joining the N80 to a grade separated junction with the N6 dual carriageway was completed (December 2007).
  • a bypass of Tullamore (combined N80/N52 bypass); see below. This will involve the designation of some 20 km of N80 to R road resulting in a reduction in its total length .
  • Mountmellick inner relief road[1]
  • Realigned section where it crosses over the M7 (Completed late 1990s).
  • Kildavin bypass (completed in the 1990s it involved passing over the village and bridging over the R724)
  • Southern terminus of the N80 at the N11 converted from a simple T-junction to a roundabout (2008).

Tullamore bypass

The N80 crosses the N78 at a staggered junction

The Tullamore bypass[2] is a new 14 km (9 mi) single carriageway upgrade to the N52. The route leaves the existing N52 approximately 6 km (4 mi) southwest of Tullamore town, intersecting with the N80 road SE of the town , crossing over the Grand Canal, before rejoining the N52 again 3 km (2 mi) north of the town. A spur will be constructed from the northern section of the route to the Tullamore Western Relief Road and will, therefore, effectively create a bypass for the current N80 road. The project is currently (October 2009) largely complete save for the northern spur to the N80/R420.

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