N5 project to progress to  construction next year



Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, says the N5 realignment project between Scramogue and Ballaghaderreen will commence construction next year (2020).

  Minister Ross was responding to Senator Maura Hopkins after she raised the matter in the Seanad. 

  Senator Hopkins stated: “An Bord Pleanala approved planning permission for this project in January. It is essential now that capital funding is put in place for this project.

  “Very serious road safety concerns exist along this stretch of route which is an identified accident blackspot”.

  Responding to Senator Hopkins, Minister Ross stated: “It is anticipated that the main construction contract for this project will be awarded in 2020 with works to take approximately three years. The cost of this scheme is approximately €182m.

  “Roscommon County Council have commenced the procurement of technical advisors to prepare the design and build tender documentation for the main construction contract. A tender process for archaeological services is underway at present with a view to archaeological works taking place this year”.