N18 road is a national primary road in Ireland, connecting the cities of Limerick and Galway.
Ennis and Gort are two
major towns on the route, and Shannon Airport is reached via the connecting N19. The west coast route
continues on to Sligo as the
The section from
Limerick to the N19 junction forms part of European route E20
, and the entire route is part of the
proposed Atlantic Corridor
Looking South from the Ennis junction
This section of HQDC has been redesignated as motorway,
The route leaves Limerick city near Henry Street, Mallow Street and
the Dock Road
, heading across the
. As the
Condell Road the route skirts the northside of Limerick by passing
through Westfield's bird sanctuary on the north bank of the
. Further along, the
Clonmacken Roundabout provides a connection to the Caherdavin
area of the city, and the Condell Road
ends at the Coonagh Roundabout
, where it meets the Ennis
Road. As the N18, the Ennis Road leaves the city as dual-carriageway
along the route serve Cratloe, Sixmilebridge and Bunratty. The road passed alongside Bunratty
Castle before the completion of the neighbouring
dual-carriageway section in the late 1980s/early 1990s.
other nearby junctions were also converted to fly-overs in the
the junction replacing Hurler's Cross, other junctions serve
Town and Shannon Airport, the latter via the N19. The interchanges
here, and sections of dual-carriageway continuing to Shannon
Airport and Ennis were
completed in 2004. The new stretch of dual-carriageway
continues on past Newmarket-on-Fergus and Dromoland, ending just after the latter. On January 26 2007
construction was completed on a further section of dual-carriageway
which bypasses Ennis.
N68 connects from here to
N85 connects to Ennistymon and the coast, and an N85 bypass to the south of
Ennis was opened towards the end of 2006.
continues north as a poor quality two-lane road to
Crusheen, and across into County Galway. Gort is the next
town through which the route passes, with the connecting N66 running northeast to Loughrea. Several small towns are along the route
north of this, including Kilcolgan, where the N67
route through north County
Clare connects. The N18 passes by Oranmore, just outside Galway, where it meets the main
Travelling Southbound on the N18 near
the Shannon Town/Airport exit.
This route continues into the city centre.
however, continues north to meet the N17 at Claregalway, where the N18 ends. The N17, coming from
the city centre, continues north into County Mayo.
Gort-Crusheen under construction (June
2009): The grade separated junction at Gort.
There are two future upgrade projects planned for the N18.
Crusheen to Gort (Under Construction)
The first is the construction of a new
from Crusheen to Gort, a total distance of . This
section of dual carriageway will bypass both Gort and Crusheen. The
sod was turned on this project on the 14 November 2008 for
construction work to begin, with completion scheduled for October
2010 (possibly even earlier). As of December 2008, construction is
proceeding very rapidly. This has been included in the second
tranche of motorway redesignations and is likely to open as
Gort to Oranmore (At Tender)
This project involves the proposed construction of a new standard
'High-quality dual carriageway' from Gort to Oranmore, a total
distance of . It will connect to the M17 Motorway
where they cross the
construction). This has also been included in the second tranche of
motorway redesignations and is likely to open as motorway.
This scheme has now moved into the tender stage along with the M17
scheme it connects to.
Shannon - Ennis
Dual-carriageway between Shannon and Ennis (including the Ennis
bypass) has been included in the second tranche of motorway
redesignations and is to gain motorway status on the 28th of August
- Atlantic Corridor