N17 GORT TO TUAM COOLE GREEN OVERBRIDGE
The N17 between Gort and Tuam was opened by the Minister for Transport Shane Ross in 2017. The now four-lane highway links Tuam with Gort and progresses on to Shannon airport.
The clearance profile for the new motorway called for a double span BEBO Arch Structure – both inner legs of the arches cut down and resting on a support wall between the roadway lanes. The standard BEBO E15.5mT fulfilled all the requirements – a beveled end arrangement completed the layout to fit perfectly into the surrounding environment.
Asset’s BEBO arches were designed and installed as the first State’s “bat bridge” allowing bats and mammals to cross safely near Lady Gregory’s home of Coole Park. As well as Asset's BEBO arches aesthetic design complimenting the surrounding environment the arches also aim to ensure that the lesser horseshoe bats will use the safe access to Kiltartan cave and feeding grounds in Coole Garryland.
“Mr Ross was one of two Ministers, a Minister of State, a former junior minister, a Senator and a number of councillors at the opening. He described the motorway as a “huge boost” for the western seaboard area.
Information reference: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/farewell-n17-hello-m17-as-motorway-opens-between-gort-and-tuam-1.3235844