The scheme comprises the construction of 14km of an all purpose 2-lane Cross Border
Dual Carriageway between Cloghoge Roundabout south of Newry in County Armagh and the Ballymascanlan
Roundabout (existing N1/R173 junction) to the north of Dundalk in County Louth.
At its northern tie-in at Cloghoge the scheme connects to the existing Newry Bypass whilst
at the southern tie-in at Ballymacscanlon the scheme will connect to the M1 Dundalk Western Bypass,
which was opened on the 26th September 2005.
4.6km of the project is located in Co. Armagh and 9.4 km in Co. Louth.
The scheme is a restricted entry dual carriageway and contains three partial grade
separated interchanges at Ellis holding Road, Flurry Bridge and Feede Cross.
The Dual Carriageway will amalgamate approximately 300 m of the existing A1 at
Cloghoge in Northern Ireland and 3.4 km of the existing N1 through the townlands of
Feede and Drumad in the Republic of Ireland.
A total of twelve bridges, fourteen culverts and one pedestrian
underpass are to be constructed.
The scheme is a cross border project between:-
- Louth Co. Council
- The Department of Regional Development for Northern Ireland Road Service
- The National Roads Authority (NRA)
This project is Co-financed by the European Union from the Trans- European Transport
The Ten-T is an EU financial instrument established to facilitate the development of the
Trans-European Network for Transport. The instrument is intended to complement development of the
network already assisted from other EU funding instruments. The Newry / Dundalk scheme is
located on the Ireland/United Kingdom/Benelux Link Road section of the
Trans-European Road Network (TERN) running from Belfast to Dublin and Cork.
The works have been undertaken by Northroute Joint Venture (A SIAC Ferrovial JV)
The official opening took place on Thursday the 2nd August 07 four months ahead of schedule with Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Aherne and Minister for Regional Development in Northern Ireland, Conor Murphy carrying out the official duties. Also in attendance at the historic event were Louth County Council Chairman Jimmy Mulroy, Mayor of Newry and Mourne Michael Cole and Deputy First Minister Martin Mc Guinness. The VIPs and invited guests assembled along the new road close to the border were it was blessed by Fr Benny Fee, Dromintee and Rev Sandra Pragnall, Dundalk before the two ministers unveiled the commemorative stone.
2nd Aug 07 Official Opening