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The N18 road is a national primary road in Irelandmarker, connecting the cities of Limerickmarker and Galwaymarker. Ennismarker and Gortmarker are two major towns on the route, and Shannon Airportmarker is reached via the connecting N19. The west coast route continues on to Sligomarker as the N17. 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 flyover.
This section of HQDC has been redesignated as motorway, effective 28/8/09.
The route leaves Limerick city near Henry Street, Mallow Street and the Dock Road, heading across the Shannon Bridge. As the Condell Road the route skirts the northside of Limerick by passing through Westfield's bird sanctuary on the north bank of the River Shannon. 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.

Junctions along the route serve Cratloemarker, Sixmilebridgemarker and Bunrattymarker. The road passed alongside Bunratty Castlemarker before the completion of the neighbouring dual-carriageway section in the late 1980s/early 1990s. The other nearby junctions were also converted to fly-overs in the 1990s.
Travelling Southbound on the N18 near the Shannon Town/Airport exit.
Following the junction replacing Hurler's Cross, other junctions serve Shannon Townmarker and Shannon Airportmarker, the latter via the N19. The interchanges here, and sections of dual-carriageway continuing to Shannon Airport and Ennismarker were completed in 2004. The new stretch of dual-carriageway continues on past Newmarket-on-Fergusmarker and Dromolandmarker, ending just after the latter. On January 26 2007 construction was completed on a further section of dual-carriageway which bypasses Ennismarker.

The N68 connects from here to Kilrushmarker.

The N85 connects to Ennistymonmarker and the coast, and an N85 bypass to the south of Ennis was opened towards the end of 2006.

The N18 continues north as a poor quality two-lane road to Crusheen, and across into County Galwaymarker. Gortmarker is the next town through which the route passes, with the connecting N66 running northeast to Loughreamarker. Several small towns are along the route north of this, including Kilcolganmarker, where the N67 route through north County Claremarker connects. The N18 passes by Oranmoremarker, just outside Galway, where it meets the main N6 Dublinmarker–Galway road. This route continues into the city centre. The N18, however, continues north to meet the N17 at Claregalwaymarker, where the N18 ends. The N17, coming from the city centre, continues north into County Mayomarker.

Future upgrades

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 High-quality dual carriageway 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 motorway.

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 M6 Motorway (under 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 2009.

See also


  1. Atlantic Corridor
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