The site of the new service station . Photo: Derek Clifford
The construction of the new service station on the M9 near Kilcullen, which is due to open soon, is progressing well.
The speed limit on the stretch of the M9 has been dropped from 120km/hr to 80km/hr limit due to the construction activity.
Drone photos show the site has been substantially completed and is awaiting fuel pumps to be installed and landscaping.
Machines can be seen working on the car parking areas and internal roadways.
The Circle K facility will include shower facilities and baby-changing units. Play areas for children are also included in the designs.
Construction began earlier this year following long legal delays due to a legal battle in the courts.
Up to 100 jobs are being created during the construction phase with a further 45-50 jobs created when the station is open and operational.
The service station will be operated by Circle K and will provide a much needed rest and services stop on the M9.
There is currently no mainline motorway service station along the 60km distance between Kill and Carlow.
The new Circle K facility will be accessed from both carriageways via a new interchange.
When completed the new service station will include:
- Toilet facilities
- Showering facilities
- Baby-changing facilities
- Car and motorcycle parking areas
- Commercial vehicle/truck parking
- Coach/bus parking
- Electric Vehicle charging points
- Restaurant/hot food outlets
- Customer seating areas
- Convenience shop facilities
- Play areas for children
- Tourist information facilities