THE National Roads Authority hopes to build the 80km motorway linking Limerick with Cork over two phases at an estimated cost of €800 million.
The first phase of the M20,at about 40km long, would run from Kileens, near Blarney to Velvetstown just north of Buttevant. If planning permission is approved and funding is provided by the Government, the NRA hopes to start construction on that section some time in 2012. It would take up to three years to finish.
Again, if funding is in place, the NRA would hope to start construction of the second section in 2015, after the first phase is completed.
The second section would stretch from north of Buttevant to Attyfield, near Patrickswell in Co Limerick, where it would link up with the main Limerick to Killarney (N21) road.
This section would also take about three years to complete.
So the best case scenario for the NRA is that the full Cork-Limerick motorway – which will form part of the 200km Atlantic Corridor – will be open by 2018.
The motorway will have access road connections to Blarney, Rathduff, Mallow, Charleville, Bruree, Croom and Attyflin.
There will be no connection to Buttevant because the NRA maintains traffic volumes do not warrant it. A motorway services area is also included in the plan at Lissard East, near Burnfort.
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