A €90 million contract for the N6 motorway from Athlone to Ballinasloe was signed on Tuesday last. The contractor for the project is Siac Wills JV Ltd. ‘The high quality dual carriageway extends from Tulrush, South East of Ballinasloe to the western end of the existing Athlone Relief Road. It consists of 20 km of dual carriageway, four km of re-aligned local roads and 12 km of accommodation access tracks. There will be 14 new bridges, a grade separated junction and an upgrading of existing grade separated junction. The contact amounts to €89,793,538.20 including VAT. Welcoming the contract, Deputy Michael Finneran said, ‘The scheme is being undertaken by Galway County Council on behalf of Roscommon County Council in accordance with an agreement made under Section 85 of the Local Government Act 2001 and approved by the National Roads Authority under Section 14 of the Roads Act 1993. The development of a Major Inter urban link between Galway and Dublin is an objective of the National Development Plan 2007-2013 and Engineering Ltd. The N6 Ballinasloe to Athlone Dual Carriageway represents the final phase of the Galway-Dublin Major Inter Urban like to go to construction. The construction of the N6 Galway to Ballinasloe Dual Carriageway commenced in June 2007.’ ‘As the Local Government Deputy for Roscommon I have lobbied for sometime for this project to commence. This is a major boost for Roscommon and in particular South Roscommon and when completed it will have enormous economic benefits. This project, coupled with the new Creagh Sewerage Scheme will in time create a development zone for this area.’ ‘The construction of the scheme is scheduled to commence on the 3rd September and will take approximately two years,’ concluded Michael Finneran TD.