Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTaS), Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) & Kildare County Council Announce Award of the M7 Naas to Newbridge Bypass Upgrade, M7 Osberstown Interchange and R407 Sallins Bypass.

On Friday, 22 September 2017, DTTaS, TII and Kildare County Council announced the award of the M7 Naas to Newbridge Bypass Upgrade, M7 Osberstown Interchange and R407 Sallins Bypass to the SIAC/Colas JV. This commences one of the most significant road schemes contained in the Government’s Building on Recovery Programme.

This contract consists of three major elements and is scheduled for full completion early 2020:
1.Widening the existing M7 motorway from two lanes to three lanes both eastbound and westbound for approximately 14km, between Junction 9 Naas North, at Maudlins (Perpetual Motion Ball) and the M7/M9 interchange at Junction 11.
2.Replacing and relocating the existing ramps at Junction 10 Naas South Newhall to the main Naas Newbridge dual carriageway, the R445. Also to include the construction of a new interchange at Osberstown between Junctions 9 and 10 which will be designated Junction 9a.
3.The Sallins Bypass which includes approximately 1.7km of new Type 2 Dual Carriageway and 2.0km of single carriageway, together with a 1.2km single carriageway link road from the Bypass to Sallins town centre.  

The scheme includes 6 new structures, including two bridges over the River Liffey, a bridge over the Grand Canal, the new Osberstown Interchange bridge over the M7 motorway and a minor road bridge carrying Osberstown Road over the Sallins Bypass.

The Sallins Bypass bridge under the main Dublin Cork railway line will be constructed by Irish Rail under a separate but parallel contract.

Traffic Management will be in place along the M7 from junction 9 Naas North to junction 11 M7/M9 at various phases during the term of construction. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times between 6am and 10pm.   For the duration of active construction works there will be a special speed limit in place.   An emergency lane will be available through the works at all times.The M7 carries approximately 70,000 Vehicles per day and is the main network connection to M9/Waterford, M8/Cork and M7/Limerick.