70M MOTORWAY TO OPEN ON MONDAY
The N8 Fermoy-Mitchelstown scheme will open to traffic this Monday, May 25 at 2.30pm. The Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey will be on hand to cut the ribbon at the Ballybeg site office of the works to officially open the road, which has an estimated price tag of €70million.
The new stretch of roadway will link the Fermoy bypass to the Cashel-Mitchelstown M8 motorway at Kilbehenny and will eventually form part of a continuous motorway between Cork and Dublin.
The opening on Monday sees the motorway in use well before its original scheduled date which was early 2010.
Speaking at the Northern committee meeting of Cork County Council this week Cllr Frank O’Flynn welcomed the motorway, citing it as a valuable asset for the future economic development of the area while his Fianna Fail party colleague Cllr Kevin O’Keeffe said the work fulfilled the Government’s promise to have the section of motorway in place for 2010.
Fine Gael Cllr Aileen Pyne said that the motorway would improve the safety of driving from Cork to Dublin.
Thursday 21st May 7:56pm