The Tuam to Gort motorway has finally opened ahead of schedule.Plans for the future was mentioned to cheers by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring who also paid tribute to former Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former public expenditure minister Brendan Howlin. Mr Ring said he hoped to see the motorway “going left” as far as Claremorris and up to Sligo. He then added that he hoped Mr Ross would support him in Government on this.
The Rathmorrissey interchange, where the M17/M18 will meet the M6.
It's certainly welcome news for Tuam that we are finally connected to Ireland by way of Motorway, opened 2 months ahead of schedule at a cost of €550 Million Euro the new Tuam to Gort Motorway offers some vital respite for the traffic situation in Tuam and connects the town to a growing network of Motorways and Dual Carriageways that will now connect Tuam to Dublin, Athlone and Limerick. Ultimately the 53km motorway is planned to be part of the "Atlantic Corridor" which will eventually link Sligo to Cork.
The opening follows three years of construction where the then, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar were pictured turning the Sod.
Current Taoiseach Leo Varadkar noted the moment of his official Twitter feed.
Opened by Minister for Transport Shane Ross, the new motorway was described as a “huge boost” for the western seaboard area. Mr Ross also said that he hoped it would contribute to saving many lives . Later he also said he also hoped the Tuam-based Saw Doctors would rename their “N17” song about emigration as the “M17” – with parents this time driving on the new motorway to Shannon to collect their returning emigrant children.