New €550m Gort to Tuam Galway motorway set to open sooner than planned
Ireland’s newest motorway is set to to open months ahead of schedule.
The M17 Gort to Tuam route has been under construction for the last three years and has been in planning for over a decade.
It’s set to officially open on September 27, months ahead of plan. It was originally set to open in early 2018.
The motorway is expected to significantly reduce journey times by bypassing a number of towns.
It’ll also improve connectivity between the west and Dublin.
The motorway begins at the northern end of the N18 Crusheen to Gort road which opened to traffic in November 2010. The route will be of motorway standard from Gort to the junction at Kilmore, just south of Tuam – a distance of 53.2km.
It then continues with a dual carriageway Type 2 cross section, following a route to the west of Tuam town centre, to its end point on the N17 north of Tuam at Mountpotter, a distance of 4.2km.
Independent TD Seán Canney told Galway Bay FM news that it would lead to shorter travel times.
He said: “We will be able to create a better traffic flow and make the towns like Athenry, Tuam and Gort more accessible to shopping.”