Latest stretch of motorway opens
Journey times between Dublin and Waterford were cut today with the opening of the latest section of the M9 motorway.
The 23.5km stretch between Waterford city bypass and Knocktopher allows traffic to bypass the villages of Knocktopher and Mullinavat.
The third and penultimate section of the M9 will carry up to 12,500 vehicles every day and extends the motorway to almost nearly 84 kilometres.
Transport Minister Noel Dempsey said the final 40km section, from Carlow to Knocktopher, was expected to open later this year, completing the new route linking the M7 with Waterford.
"When the final section is completed, it will be possible to travel from the M7/M50 Red Cow junction to Waterford City in approximately 90 minutes - an unheard-of journey time just a few short years ago," he said.
Mr Dempsey said the M9 has already brought significant benefits to the people of south Kilkenny, Waterford city and county.
More than €1.4bn will be spent this year on upgrading roads around the country.