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M7 Nenagh To Limerick Road To Open Next Tuesday


Construction Work near Annaholty Bog

The National Roads Authority (NRA) have indicated that the completion of  the M7 Nenagh to Limerick road means that  the stretch of motorway will finally open next Tuesday, September 28th, more than a year behind schedule.

The construction of this 38km road, stretching  from Annacotty to Nenagh in Co Tipperary, was contracted to Bothar Hibernian almost four years ago and was due for completion in June 2009, however, the contractors ran into serious difficulties traversing  Annaholty Bog, where the almost completed road collapsed last December.

Engineers have now constructed a  massive reinforced concrete and steel bridge enforcement to provide a more stable base for this stretch of roadway.

The €425m road is the second last section of the Dublin to Limerick motorway to be completed and will link the Limerick Southern Ring Road with the existing Nenagh bypass.

The project includes 28km of motorway, and a 10km upgrade of the Nenagh bypass to motorway standard, bypassing the towns of Birdhill, Daly’s Cross and the Lisnagry railway level crossing.

A National Roads Authority spokesman says the ‘Design and Build’ nature of the contract would ensure that taxpayers were not liable for any additional structural costs incurred.

It is estimated that up to 20,000 vehicles a day will now use this new stretch, knocking only eight minutes from current  journey times.

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