A 16KM section of the M7 Nenagh to Limerick motorway was opened last week following months of setbacks and delays.
The move allows motorists to travel from the start of the Nenagh by-pass near Toomevara to Birdhill on motorway standard road and is estimated to remove approximately 10,000 vehicles a day from the old N7 route.
The 16km stretch is part of an overall 28km Nenagh to Limerick section of the M7 which was to have opened late last year. However, the project ran into difficulty in crossing the Annaholly Bog south of Birdhill in Co Tipperary, where pilings have been sinking and causing the new road to subside in places.
However, engineers have working to address the problem and it is hoped that the full stretch of motorway between Nenagh and Limerick will be opened before the end of the year.
Traffic heading southbound on the M7 now filters on to the new stretch of motorway from the existing Nenagh bypass, which has recently been widened to two lanes in each direction.
Southbound traffic will rejoin the existing N7 via a roundabout and a slip road just north of the village of Birdhill.
On the northbound journey the route to the motorway from Birdhill will be signposted.
Full story in this weeks' Tipperary Star.