M6 (Republic of Ireland)

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M6
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From: Kinnegad (N599450)
To: Galway (M384276)
Length: 129.2 km (80.3 miles)
Meets:  M4, N6, N52, N62, N80, N65, M17, M18
Highway Authorities

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Traditional Counties

Galway • Laois • Meath • Roscommon • Westmeath

Route outline (key)
M6 Kinnegad - Athlone
M6 Athlone Bypass
M6 Athlone - Galway
Junction List
Junc Westbound Eastbound
1 Start of Motorway M4
2 R446 R446
3 R400 R400
4 N52 N52
5 N52, R389 N52, R389
6 N80, R420 N80, R420
7 (R446) (R446)
8 N6; N62 Start of Motorway
8 N62 N62
9 (N55) (N55)
10 N55 N55
11 unclassified unclassified
12 N61 N61
13 R362, R446 R362, R446
13 Start of Motorway N6; R362, R446
14 (R357) (R357)
15 R355, (R446) R355, (R446)
16 N65 N65
17 R348, (R347) R348, (R347)
18 M17, M18 M17, M18
19 N6; N18 (N17) Start of Motorway
This article is about the M6 in the Republic of Ireland.
For the similarly numbered motorway in England, see M6
.
For the unbuilt motorway in Northern Ireland, see M6 (Northern Ireland).

The M6 runs from near Kinnegad to Galway, and together with the N4 / M4 provides fast access between Galway and Dublin. Like several other recently constructed motorways in Ireland, it is partially tolled.

Route

The M6, just east of Athlone. Ahead the road quality drops down to the all-purpose N6.

The M6 begins near Kinnegad as a limited-access motorway TOTSO with the M4 at J11, taking the motorway mainline. Almost immediately, junction 2 with the R148 provides the missing movements between the two motorways. Between junctions 4 and 5, the N52 multiplexes with the motorway.

Motorway restrictions temporarily end between junctions 8 and 13, to provide an all-purpose bypass of Athlone, which is below the required standard, after which motorway restrictions resume. There is a toll between junctions 15 and 16, which is at this point some distance away from the old N6 and hence the most suitable location for capturing traffic. Junction 16 has an extension of the N65 back down to Loughread.

The end of the motorway is at Junction 19 with the N18, after which the road quality drops down to the all-purpose N6, although the next junction, the at-grade Coolagh Roundabout, appears as J20 on some maps.

History

The M6 is a relatively recent construction. Much of the road had had originally been upgrades of the N6 to high-quality dual carriageway, which were further upgraded to motorway.

During heavy flooding in late November 2009, closing Galway off from the rest of the country, one carriageway of the nearly finished motorway was temporarily opened between the junction 19 (N18) and the junction 16 (north of Loughrea). One carriageway of the Ballinasloe bypass also opened before full opening as motorway on the 13th of December 2009.

Links

Irish Statute Book

  • Roads Act 2007 (Declaration of Motorways) Order 2009 - This instrument converts the following sections of the N6 to motorway: Athlone to Ballinasloe (also known as the N6 Ballinasloe to Athlone Dual Carriageway Scheme), Galway to Ballinasloe (also known as the N6 Galway to East Ballinasloe Dual Carriageway)



M6 (Republic of Ireland)
JunctionsAthenry Interchange • Athlone East Interchange • Ballinasloe East Interchange • Ballinasloe West Interchange • Carrowkeel Interchange • Daneshill Junction • Glennascaul Interchange • Kinnegad West Interchange (M6) • M4 (Republic of Ireland) J11 • Moate East Interchange • Moate West Interchange • Rathmorrissy Interchange • Rochfortbridge Interchange • Tullamore Interchange • Tyrellspass Interchange
PlacesAthlone • Galway • Kinnegad
Related Pictures
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KinnegadM4 (Republic of Ireland) • N4 • N6 • R148 • R161 • R401 • R446 • T26 • T3 • T4
AthloneL4 • N55 • N6 • N61 • N62 • R362 • R390 • R446 • R914 • R915 • R916 • T31 • T32 • T34 • T4
GalwayEuroVelo 1 • EuroVelo 2 • M17 (Republic of Ireland) • M18 (Republic of Ireland) • N17 • N18 • N59 • N6 • N63 • N84 • R336 • R337 • R338 • R339 • R381 • R446 • R863 • R864 • R865 • R866 • R921 • T11 • T15 • T21 • T4 • T40 • T71 • Wild Atlantic Way
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National SecondaryN51 • N52 • N53 • N54 • N55 • N56 • N57  • N58 • N59 • N60 • N61 • N62 • N63 • N64 • N65 • N66 • N67 • N68 • N69 • N70 • N71 • N72 • N73 •  N74 • N75 • N76 • N77 • N78 • N79 • N80 • N81 • N82 • N83 • N84 • N85 • N86 • N87