Contracts for the construction of the M17/M18 PPP Gort to Tuam motorway were signed today by Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar; Minister For Public Expenditure & Reform, Brendan Howlin; and the National Roads Authority (NRA).
The project consists of 57 kilometres of four-lane motorway providing bypasses of Clarinbridge, Claregalway and Tuam. It is expected to reduce journey times between Limerick City and Galway City by 20 minutes
The €550 million project will create up to 450 jobs and once open to traffic by late 2018.
“I am delighted to see that work will shortly begin on this project as it has strong potential to stimulate economic growth in the wider region, as well as provide greater access to Shannon Airport for people in the West of Ireland,” stated Fine Gael Senator Tony Mulcahy.
“The new scheme will especially make a big difference to those living in Claregalway, Ardrahan, Kilcolgan, Clarinbridge and the other towns and villages that will be bypassed by the road scheme. Once completed, the scheme will further improve connectivity to Shannon Airport for people in Galway and Mayo in particular, which will prove invaluable as the facility develops into the future,” Senator Mulcahy concluded.
SOCIAL MEDIA REACTION
Ministerial pens fixed and working..ink shortage not an issue any more..after umpteen false starts, contracts signed for Gort to Tuam M'way
— Pat McGrath (@patmcgrath) April 30, 2014
— Ciaran Cannon (@ciarancannon) April 30, 2014
Great news today re Gort/Tuam Bypass. Contract signed today by Min Varadkar#clare@VisitShannon pic.twitter.com/As2HuSCwXR
— Pat Breen T.D. (@PatBreen1) April 30, 2014
Contract for the M17/M18 Gort to Tuam PPP Scheme being signed today. Great news for jobs, access to Shannon Airport and local economy
— Joe Carey (@joecareytd) April 30, 2014