Galway Bay fm newsroom – A number of new permanent road layouts will open to traffic from today as construction of the Gort to Tuam motorway progresses.
There are four new bridges already open to traffic along the route – and a number of new tie-ins to the existing local road network will open in the coming months.
A new section of the N63 Galway-Roscommon Road at Annagh Hill will open to traffic for the first time at 11 this morning.
The new route will involve a new junction layout which will affect motorists travelling along the N63, and on the R347 Tuam to Athenry Road.
Meanwhile, the new bridge over the motorway on the R446 Oranmore to Craughwell Road will open in the coming weeks.
Traffic travelling on the route currently uses a temporary road as a diversion.
Traffic will be diverted onto the new permanent alignment of the N18 at Kiltiernan in late May or early June.
Works on the existing Tuam bypass near the Mountpotter and Burke Road roundabouts are ongoing.
Road closures will come into effect at Kilcloghans on the L6110 in late May to facilitate the construction of a new overbridge.
Local access will be maintained for residents on either side of the new structure, and a temporary diversion will be put in place.
The major earthworks on the new M17/M18 motorway route are now 75 percent complete.
Over 1.5 million working hours have been clocked up to date by the 750 construction workers involved in the major infrastructure project.