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Reduced Travel Time Between Limerick and Galway – the Gort Motorway Build


SISK and Lagans JV


Civil Engineering Infrastructure


Gort, Ireland


2015 - 2017

Material Details

Stainless Steel Reinforcement, PC Strand, Mesh Reinforcement


The heart of the Gort to Tuam Motorway lies in its stunning bridges and overpasses, rising up above the countryside like modern marvels. These feats of engineering were constructed with the utmost care and precision, using only the highest quality materials available. The Gort to Tuam Motorway, also known as the M17/M18 motorway, is a major road that connects the cities of Limerick, Galway and Tuam. Prior to its construction, drivers had no choice but to navigate narrow and winding regional roads, which was both time-consuming and dangerous. The construction of the motorway involved the use of a variety of materials, including Stainless Reinforcement Steel and PC Strand, which played a crucial role in the project’s structures.

One of the most notable uses of steel in the project was in the construction of several large bridges and overpasses. These structures required high-strength materials that could support heavy traffic loads and withstand the harsh weather conditions in the region. Stainless Reinforcement Steel was an ideal material for this application, as it offers exceptional strength and durability, as well as resistance to corrosion and other forms of weathering.

The Stainless Reinforcement Steel was fabricated off-site by specialist steel fabricators, Coen Steel. This allowed for precise fabrication and quality control, as well as reduced on-site construction time and cost. Once ready, the steel components were then transported to the construction site and assembled.

Another substantial use of steel in the project was in the construction of the central reservation barriers, used to separate opposing traffic flows. These elements required the use of PC Strand, which reinforced the barriers providing strength and safety. 

The steel involved in the construction of the Gort to Tuam Motorway project played a pivotal role in its success. The strength, durability, and flexibility of Stainless Reinforcement Steel allowed for the creation of structures that could withstand heavy traffic loads and difficult weather conditions, while also reducing construction time and cost. The use of off-site steel fabrication also allowed for precise quality control and improved safety on the construction site.


Transporting steel components to the construction site can be challenging and requires specialised equipment and precise logistical planning. If not managed efficiently, it can lead to delays and added costs. To overcome this challenge, Coen Steel worked closely with the construction team to ensure that components were fabricated off-site and transported to the construction site promptly, safely and efficiently.

End Results

Delivered on time and within budget.

Feature Details

  • Stainless Steel Reinforcing Bar in concrete is increasingly used as a straightforward and reliable way to resist corrosion and provide adequate service life.
  • Extensively used within precast products, PC Strand (Prestressed or post tensioned concrete) is a method for overcoming concrete’s natural weakness in tension.