M17 M18 Gort to Tuam Scheme
Work on the construction of new motorway between Gort and Tuam in Co Galway will begin in January 2015. The contract for the scheme has been awarded by the National Roads Authority to the Public Private Partnership Company Direct Route (Tuam) Ltd., whose members include Roadbridge, Sisk, and Lagan Construction, three large Irish civil engineering firms. The same consortium successfully delivered the N18 Limerick Tunnel project in recent years.
The construction of the 53 km motorway and the 4 km Tuam Bypass dual carriageway - part of the Atlantic Corridor on the west coast - will take thousands of vehicles out of Clarinbridge, Claregalway and Tuam each day. It will be constructed as a Public Private Partnership project. There will be no tolls on the route. Instead the State will pay the private contractor an annuity over 25 years. Hundreds of jobs will be created during the construction process, which will bring major economic benefit to towns adjacent to the route.
It is expected the motorway will take up to three years to complete and should be open to traffic in 2018. An environmental assessment of the proposed route has already been completed and approved. All archaeological sites investigated along the route have been fully resolved under licence from the National Museum. In addition, compulsory purchase orders required to develop the road have been completed and the land for the scheme has been acquired.
The PPP company Direct Route (Tuam) Ltd. intends to commence fencing the lands acquired for the scheme in January 2015, with construction of the road to start in the following months.
Any queries on the scheme can be directed to the following email address: M17M18project@galwaycoco.ie