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The N25 road is a national primary road in Irelandmarker, forming the route from Corkmarker to Waterford Citymarker and Rosslare Europortmarker. This is also part of the E30 European route and a short section of E01 European route. It forms part of the proposed Atlantic Corridor route.

Route in Cork City area

Cork City South Ring Road
Cork City South Ring Road as it passes over the old "magic roundabout".
The section of the route around Cork city forms the Southern Ring ring road dual-carriageway. The Ring starts as the N22 until the N22/N25 interchange. At the Bandon road roundabout the N71 from the South continues North onto Bishopstown road.The Southern Ring runs east over the Kinsale Road Interchange by flyover. It also meets the N27 to Cork International Airportmarker, Kinsalemarker Road and the South Link Road to the city centre by exiting onto the Kinsale Road Roundabout by slip road.Originating at this Interchange, the 200-km long N25 heads East - the road passes Douglasmarker and meets the N28 to Ringaskiddymarker (Carrigalinemarker Road). From here the road passes under the River Lee through the Jack Lynch Tunnel.On 4 August 2006, a flyover of the Kinsale Road Roundabout was opened to traffic 6 months ahead of schedule. The project cost 55 million euro and consists of 3 lanes eastbound, 2 lanes west-bound and four off-ramps connecting the dual-carriageway to the roundabout. The opening of this flyover now allows traffic to flow continuously from the Jack Lynch Tunnel to the Sarsfield Road Roundabout without stopping. Some work has already begun on building flyovers over the Sarsfield Road and Bandon Road Roundabouts but has been delayed due to withdrawal of funding.North of the tunnel, the South Ring Road ends at an interchange with the M8 to Dublinmarker and the N8 to the city centre. From here the N25 runs east as the East Cork Parkway dual-carriageway, with interchanges for Fota Islandmarker and Cóbhmarker, and also Carrigtwohillmarker. The next major destination on the route is Midletonmarker.

Route Midleton to Rosslare

The dual-carriageway ends after bypassing Midleton with an ordinary two-lane road continuing east to Youghalmarker. At Youghal a single carriageway bypass was completed in 2003, bringing the road around the west of the town to the northern side of Youghal. Here the road crosses the River Blackwater into County Waterfordmarker.Northeast of this, the road was widened as part of the N25 Kinsalebeg project. This consisted of widening of 3.5 kilometers of single carriageway to include a hard shoulder on both sides of the road. The route passes Dungarvanmarker with a future bypass at preliminary design stage. before reaching Waterford Citymarker. Here the route approaches from the south west. It meets the Outer Ring Road R710 on the outskirts of the city and the Inner Ring Road R709 near the Regional Sports Centremarker. It then passes into the centre of the city, crossing Rice Bridge over the River Suirmarker. It leaves the north side of the city at Ferrybank, the road turning east again, meeting the N29 to the Port of Waterfordmarker.From Waterford, the N25 moves north to cross the River Noremarker into County Wexfordmarker further up its estuary at New Rossmarker, with a future bypass at preliminary design stage. East of the town, the N30 diverges and connects northeast to Enniscorthymarker on the N11 Dublin – Wexford route. The N25 continues east to Wexford and meets the end of the N11 road east of the town. The N25 skirts the edge of the town around to the south and passes west of Rosslare to reach Rosslare Harbourmarker.The NRA is examining the possibility of a new road from Midleton to Youghal, with route options being investigated.

Waterford bypass

the N25 Waterford Bypass under construction in April 2009.
On the 19 October 2009, the Waterford City Bypass opened. Beginning at Kilmeaden to the west of the city, it passes the Woodstown historic settlement, before crossingmarker the River Suirmarker (via a cable stay bridgemarker of about 475m in length) between Gracedieu (Co.marker Waterfordmarker) and Grannagh (Co.marker Kilkennymarker). The N25 meets the N9 and N24 at the Grannagh interchange, before joining the existing N25 east of Slieverue. The bypass connects to the Outer Ring Road and the old N25 via a road known as the Western Link. (The bypass as a whole contains of dual carriageway* and of single carriageway.) The bypass is a tolled road.

Other sections

Other sections of the route may become motorway. Part of the N25 dual carriageway in Midleton is to have all its junctions grade-separated and all direct accesses removed from the route (by the construction of a parallel road), thus making it suitable for upgrade to motorway status. Other new schemes on the N25 may be built to motorway standard as part of the Atlantic Corridor scheme.

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