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Ireland has seen over the last decade or two a huge trunk road and motorway building program. The centrepiece of this investment was a network of radial motorways linking Dublin with other cities. Built under the Transport21 program, the bulk of the motorways had a closeout date of 2010, and were completed on time. For decades possessing 19th century road infrastructure, many of the Republic's trunk routes were catapulted into the 21st century in one go.
After 2008, however, Ireland's financial crisis greatly slowed the pace of this infrastructural boom and the remaining schemes in the plan no longer have completion dates. There is no longer an official road development plan and it has been clear for some time now that new road schemes around the country are being built in a fairly random manner, moving to construction as they get through planning, with no attempt being made to create end-to-end improvements of entire routes. This is in contrast to the building of the radial motorways, which were all end-to-end.
Below information can be found on existing and planned roads, including a list of all national roads currently under construction or about to start.
Bolded roads exist or will soon; unbolded may potentially be created in the future.
Further discussion on this.|
Additionally, no sections of the N25 are motorway but the Waterford Bypass narrowly missed getting the designation in 2009 and it is likely that some may be created in future. Therefore it has its own page.
Similarly the Cork Southern Ring Road was renumbered N40 in February 2012. It was formerly a part of the N25. Although it is not a motorway, it is (or will be very soon) motorway standard and may be changed in future. It was therefore also given its own page.
It is planned to build an N21 Adare Bypass which will start at the M20, but in 2016 it was confirmed that this won't be motorway.
By 2021, a new motorway, the M28, will be created.
SCHEMES RECENTLY COMPLETED
|Scheme||Standard||km||Work Started||Opening Date|
|M1 Jct 3-4 Drinan-Lissenhall 4 to 6 lanes||Widening||4||2012-01-25||2013-06-17|
|N69/N70/N22 Tralee BP (N69-N70 section)||D2AP||8||2011-07-12||2013-08-16|
|N69/N70/N22 Tralee BP (N22 section)||SC||5.5||2011-07-12||2013-08-16|
|N40 Cork Southern Ring Interchanges||HQDC||3||2011-07-30||2013-10-04|
|N3 Mulhuddart Interchange Upgrade||JCT||0||2012-09||2013-10-07|
|N3 Belturbet BP||SC||6.7||2011-05-03||2013-12-13|
|R132 Collinstown Cross to Airport Roundabout||D2AP||1.3||2012-02-23||2013-12|
|R402 Enfield to Edenderry||SC||11||2012-03||2014-04-14|
|N5 Ballaghaderreen Bypass||SC||13.6||2012-11-02||2014-09-02|
|N7 Newlands Cross Junction 1A||HQDC||0||2013-06-06||2015-05|
|M11 Arklow to Rathnew||M||16.4||2013-06-06||2015-07-13|
|N84 Luimnagh Realignment||SC||4.5||2015-08||2016-06|
SCHEMES CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION
|Scheme||Standard||km||Work Started||Opening Date|
|M11 Gorey Motorway Service Area||MSA||2013-08||2017-12|
|M9 Kilcullen Motorway Service Area||MSA||2014-05-06||2018-05|
|M6 East Athlone Motorway Service Area||MSA||2014-10-01||2018-05|
|N17 Tuam BP||D2AP||4.2||2015-01-15||2017-08|
|M11 Enniscorthy Bypass||M||27||2016-01||2018-12|
|N30 Enniscorthy West (M11 Enniscorthy scheme)||SC||8||2016-01||2018-12|
|N80 Enniscorthy North (M11 Enniscorthy scheme)||D2AP||4||2016-01||2018-12|
|N25 New Ross Bypass (West)||HQDC||3.6||2016-03||2019-04|
|N25 New Ross Bypass (East)||D2AP||10||2016-03||2019-04|
|N25 New Ross Bypass (N30)||SC||1.2||2016-03||2019-04|
|N56 Dungloe to Glenties (some parts underway, some in planning)||SC||26.9||2016||2019|
SCHEMES TO START SOON
|Scheme||Standard||km||Work Starting||Opening Date||Status|
|R407 Sallins Bypass||D2AP||1.6||2017||2018||Tender|
|R407 Sallins Bypass||SC||2.0||2017||2018||Tender|
|M7 Jct 9A Osberstown||INT||0||2017||2018||Tender|
|M7 Jct 9-11 Naas-Newbridge 4 to 6 lanes||Widening||11.5||2017||2020||Tender|
|N56 Mountcharles to Inver (Phase 1)||SC||2.5||2017||2020||Tender|
|N8/N25/N40 Dunkettle Interchange||HQDC||0||2018||2021||Tender|
|N59 Moycullen Bypass||SC||4.3||2019||2021||Approved|
|N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin||D2AP||13.7||2019-Q2||2021||Approved|
|N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin||SC||1.0||2019-Q2||2021||Approved|
|N5 Westport to Turlough||D2AP||23.8||2019||2021||Tender|
|N22 Ballyvourney to Macroom||D2AP||22||2020-Q1||2022||Approved|
|N6 Galway City Bypass||HQDC||10.9||2021||2024||Approved|
|Galway City Bypass (West End)||SC||5.5||2021||2024||Approved|
|N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy||HQDC||2.3||2021||2023||Awaiting Approval|
|M28 Cork to Ringaskiddy||M||8.6||2021||2023||Awaiting Approval|
|N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy||SC||1.5||2021||2023||Awaiting Approval|
|N2 Slane Bypass||D2AP||3.2||2021||2023|
|N21 Adare to Rathkeale||D2AP||16.7||2021||2024||Awaiting Approval|
|N69 Rathkeale to Foynes||SC||15.5||2021||2024||Awaiting Approval|
|N5 Ballaghaderreen-Scramoge (*)||SC||35.1||2023||2026||To be submitted shortly for approval|
|N69 Listowel BP (*)||SC||4.8||2023||2025||To be submitted shortly for approval|
|M20 Limerick-Cork (*)||M||96||2023||2026||Not programmed|
|N72 Mallow Relief Road||SC||2023||2024||Awaiting Approval|
|N56 Mountcharles to Inver (Phase 2)||SC||2.4||?||?||Approved|
|M7 Naas-M50 Upgrade (*)||M||21|