Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) Announces New M17/M18 Gort to Tuam Motorway
Opening Two Months Ahead of Schedule on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
- The New M17/M18 Gort to Tuam Motoway to open two months ahead of schedule.
- The 57km scheme will provide four lanes (2x2) from Gort in the south to Tuam in the north, and a major junction with the M6 Galway-Dublin route to the east of Galway City. It will bypass Tuam, Ardrahan, Claregalway, Kilcolgan, Clarinbridge and Gort.
- The new four lane motorway will replace the existing N17/N18 roads, and reduce end-to-end journey times by approximately 20 minutes.
- Motorway will be Officially Opened by Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross, T.D.
- It is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Scheme, the overall investment in is €550 million and the road is toll-free.
- The scheme is a non-tolled PPP
- Contract Consortium: Direct Route, which includes Roadbridge, John Sisk, Lagan, and Strabag.
- 57 km long (53km motorway and 4km Tuam Bypass)
- Starts from the N18 Gort to Crusheen scheme opened November 2010
- Connects to the M6 Motorway East of Oranmore
- Bypasses Tuam and Claregalway at the northern end as well as Ardrahan, Kilcolgan and Clarinbridge in the south
- This opening delivers another significant section of the Atlantic Corridor