Longest New Road Project in Ireland to be Built

Dublin, Ireland – The NRA announced 2006-08-02 that the longest new motorway project to be built in Ireland will commence work in October 2006. At 40 km in length the M8/N8 Cullahill-Cashel Project will take the inter-urban connection between Dublin and Cork one giant step forward.

“We are very pleased to approve the awarding of the contract by Kilkenny County Council to RoadBridge/Sisk JV. We look forward to the successful completion of the project in 2009.”
said Fred Barry, CEO, National Roads Authority.

The M8/N8 Cullahill to Cashel Road Improvement Scheme comprises 30 km of two-lane dual carriageway and 10 km of motorway, with associated grade separated junctions, underbridges, overbridges and accommodation works through primarily a green field site.

The project has been tendered as a Design and Build Project at total outturn value cost of €434.3 million inclusive of VAT, planning & design, archaeology, advanced works, land and property acquisitions.

The route commences at the interface with the N8 Cashel Bypass scheme in County Tipperary and ends at the interface with the proposed M7/M8 Portlaoise to Cullahill scheme at Cullahill in County Laois. Grade separated junctions are located at Cashel, Horse and Jockey, Twomileborris and Urlingford.

Including the Cullahill/Cashel Project there is a total of 112 km of new road projects either completed or under construction along the N8 corridor. This leaves just 30 km of new road to be built to finish the inter-urban connection between Dublin and Cork.