N5 project could start next June

The N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue Road project could commence from next June, according to local Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan.

Senator Dolan received confirmation from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) at the Transport Oireachtas Committee that construction could resume once a contract is awarded.

The project suffered a major blow when the initial contractors Roadbridge went into receivership earlier this year.

Senator Dolan told the Roscommon People that the CEO of TII, Peter Walsh, said the new tender process has been extended to February of nex year with an additional three-month timeframe to award a contract.

“TII have confirmed construction of the N5 is a priority project. Government allocated €200 million to this crucial project to make roads safe in Roscommon,” she said.

“It is under Project Ireland 2040 and testament to government’s commitment to balanced regional development. I was outside Tulsk in October 2021 with Councillor Liam Callaghan and public representatives to launch the start of construction and then in March 2022 this project was stalled due to the provider entering receivership.

“It is positive to hear of an expected allocated of a new tender contract from June 2023 and follow-on funding allocated in 2023 by TII to continue construction. This is such a dangerous stretch of road and this investment in a new road will remove heavy traffic in towns and make our communities safer in Frenchpark, Ballinagare, Tulsk and Strokestown”.