Minister announces enhanced Roads investment (€486m) following Capital Review

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD, has today announced a significantly enhanced road investment programme for the period 2018 to 2021. The announcement today is following the conclusion of the Capital Plan Review process from October. Overall an additional €486 million was secured for roads over that 4 year period bringing total roads investment for the period to €4.26 billion.

Speaking today Minister Ross said; “I was delighted to secure such an increased allocation during the Capital review process, the largest at the time. With this increase we are able to commence additional roads projects, such as; the Sligo Western distributor road, the Tralee northern relief road and the Killaloe bypass and R494 upgrade. The commencement of the main contract for the Coonagh to Knockalisheen Distributor road in Limerick will also be undertaken and will be critical to the consolidation and regeneration of the Moyross area. In addition a package of extra measures can now be implemented including the improved management of the M50 through the use of variable speed limits, reduced energy usage for route lighting, minor improvement works and community involvement programmes together with the assessment of potential future projects.”

The original capital plan projects remain a top priority and these projects continue to be advanced and a construction schedule is in place for the projects with planning permission. Construction has already started on the M7 Naas to Newbridge motorway widening, Sallins By-Pass and Osberstown Interchange scheme together with the Grange Castle Business park approach roads (Adamstown & Nangor road upgrades). The implementation of the rolling programme of improvements on the N56 in Donegal is also continuing. These projects are all to be welcomed as we try to maintain growth across the country.”

Press Office, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport 01 604 1090 / 01 604 1093

Notes to Editors
Under the Capital Plan Review the following additional projects/programmes are due to be commenced:


  • Sligo Western Distributor road
  • Tralee Northern Relief Road
  • R498 Realignment at Latteragh
  • Killaloe Bypass/R494 Upgrade
  • Coonagh to Knockalisheen- Main construction contract
  • Listowel Bypass



  • M50 Variable Speed Limits to improve safety and protect capacity
  • Energy Reduction Programme in respect of public lighting across the national road network
  • Package of resilience and community involvement measures on regional & local roads
  • M11 Capacity Enhancement works on a phased basis
  • Minor realignment works programme to improve safety
  • Cork to Limerick -planning/design
  • Appraisal & prioritisation of various major projects
  • Contribute to the first phase (from New Buildings in Derry to North of Strabane) of the A5 upgrade


Over the next few years other projects included in the Capital Plan will move to construction on a phased basis. Such projects include:

  • N4 Colloney to Castlebaldwin
  • N8 Dunkettle Interchange
  • N22 Ballyvourney to Macroom
  • N5 Westport to Turlough
  • N59 Moycullen Bypass
  • Shannon Crossing Bridge at Killaloe
  • Athy Southern Distributor Road
  • Bettystown to Laytown Link Road
  • Sligo Eastern Garavogue Link Road
  • Portlaoise Southern Relief Road
  • Dingle Relief Road - Phase 4


Design/planning work is also continuing on the following projects which need planning approval:

  • N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy
  • N2 Slane Bypass
  • N6 Galway City Ring Road
  • N21/N69 Adare to Foynes
  • N20 Mallow Relief Road
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