The National Roads Authority in Ireland is nearing completion of the final 40km section of the M9 motorway from Dublin to Waterford.

The new toll-free motorway, which cost almost €500m ($640.75m), traverses County Kilkenny from Paulstown to Knocktopher.

The M9 motorway, which runs through Counties Kildare, Carlow and Kilkenny, was built in four stages to reduce travel times between Dublin and Waterford, according to the Irish Times.

The last phase of the project, involving the construction of a link road at a cost of €467m ($599m), has been developed as a joint venture between Roadbridge and Sisk.