The design contract for Ireland’s Cork to Limerick motorway connection has now been awarded. The design package is worth €15 million and is being handled jointly by Irish firm JB Barry Transportation, Swedish company Sweco and WSP based in Canada. Building the 100km stretch of the M20 motorway is expected to cost €900 million, including eight major bridges over rivers, 44 smaller bridges over roads and two bridges over rail links. The work would also include building some small river crossings as well as up to 64km of connecting roads. The project forms part of Ireland’s National Development Plan, with construction expected to commence in 2023 and be completed in 2027. The project is being developed by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in partnership with the Limerick local authority and Cork County Council.