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21Oct93 EIRE: RING ROADS FACE MIXED FORTUNES.

By Mike Sherrington.Two inner city ring roads together worth £400 million are likely to suffer different fates.One scheme has just been resolved but the other will probably be placed in jeopardy.P J Walls has taken a contract from Dublin County Council worth around £25 million to complete the Northern Cross route in Dublin, which is part of a £220 million motorway route for the city.And Norfolk county councillors will decide soon whether to press ahead with the controversial Norwich Northern distributor Route. The £65 million project will complement the £140 million Norwich Southern Bypass, which was completed recently.Walls is to start soon on phase two of the Dublin job. Work includes building 9 km of motorway, with three major inter-changes and five overbridges or underpasses from Blanchards-town to Airport Road.The award complements an earlier contract awarded to Johns Engineering to build a 1 km section which includes a massive three-tier interchange in the Blanchardstown area.The rest of Dublin's equivalent to the M25 is due to be completed by 2000, although the £55 million Southern Cross Route from Tallaght to Leopardstown is currently being delayed by a court challenge.Norfolk County Council is due to decide today whether to go ahead with the distributor route. The scheme is almost certain to be dogged by the same environmentalists who hounded contractors on the city's southern bypass - especially as the county council admits that it intrudes into the countryside.The county's planning and transport committee will decide whether to go out to public consultation on two of eight possible routes identified by Halcrow Fox or whether to scrap the scheme altogether. CONSTRUCTION NEWS