BAM Opens M11 Motorway 3 months early
13th July 2015
“Good news for road users as important commuter and commercial gateway is opened”
BAM Ireland has completed and officially opened the M11 motorway three months ahead of schedule. This is the final construction stage of the N11 Arklow to Rathnew motorway PPP and N7 Newlands Cross Flyover.
The M11 project saw the design and construction of a new Arklow to Rathnew motorway, a 35km upgrade of the existing M11, and construction of Gorey Service Station. The route, which is a particularly busy commuter artery, was officially opened today by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, together with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD.
The €250 million project, which involved 500 construction workers at its peak, consisted of the construction of 16.5km of new motorway; the upgrade of 35km of the existing M11 road; three interchanges including the Beehive and Jack White’s Crossroads; the construction of 15km single carriageway; nine major bridges; and a motorway service area. This project is a public private partnership (PPP) between BAM Ireland and the National Roads Authority, which also includes the operation and maintenance of the 50km road for 27 years.
Speaking at the official opening, Theo Cullinane, BAM Ireland Chief Executive said: “We are proud to open the M11 motorway three months ahead of schedule. This really is a positive development not just for the local community but for all Irish road users, as this important commuter and commercial gateway is now open. The local community and travelling public have been incredibly supportive and patient throughout the construction process, and we at BAM are especially pleased that the improved freeflow motorway will reduce commute time by 35 minutes and will leave a lasting positive impact on the region.
“Transport projects such as this play a significant role in the long term development of the Irish economy. Transport infrastructure is proven to foster trade and greatly enhance the attractiveness of a region for foreign and direct investment. BAM is proud of our proven track record of investing in and delivering significant PPP projects across Ireland.”
BAM Ireland has been announced preferred bidder for the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy motorway and the N25 New Ross Bypass by the NRA. BAM has a long legacy of significant building and civil engineering projects under the PPP model including the Newlands Cross Junction, M1 Dundalk Western Bypass, the M7 / M8 Portlaoise Bypass and the N25 Waterford Bypass PPP Motorway schemes. Last year BAM completed eight schools under Schools Bundle 3 PPP and recently signed a contract for the design, build, finance and maintenance of four schools under Schools Bundle 4 PPP. The NTMA has also announced BAM as preferred tenderer in the development of four new courthouses and the refurbishment and extension of three existing court buildings.