ROUTE The above is the proposed route of the new N5 as shown on the Mayo Roads Design Office website.
THE long-awaited building of a new road from Westport to Turlough looks to have made significant progress today with the announcement that the project is to go to e-Tender for the procurement of a main contractor.
Michael Ring, TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development has welcomed the news and said that Mayo County Council will be working with TII in progressing this scheme. The total cost of the investment in this project is approximately €170m which includes land, construction and all other costs. Minister Ring said the announcement was ‘brilliant news for Mayo’.
“This is one of the most significant investments in the west of Ireland in a generation. It will transform the county and it is a signal of intent for the Atlantic corridor. It will help to drive the development of the county.
“I am delighted, as a Cabinet Minister, to be announcing this news, it is brilliant for Westport, Castlebar, for industry, for tourism and it will promote economic development. It is a massive investment in County Mayo.”
Minister Ring added that N5 out of Westport is an exceptionally busy road, with huge volumes of traffic travelling on it, on a daily basis.
Westport Fine Gael councillor Tereasa McGuire has also welcomed the announcement of the tender for the N5.
“This is wonderful news for Mayo and is welcome news for all who travel on this road on a daily basis. This project has been ongoing for some time so it is wonderful to see the commitment that the Government has made to it,” said Cllr McGuire.
It is hope that a main contractor will be on site for the project this time next year. An Bord Pleanála gave the green light for the project back in 2014 and initially it had been hoped that construction of the project would begin in 2016.
The new N5 road development includes a northern by-pass of Westport and an eastern bypass of Castlebar, an upgrade to the existing N5 east of Castlebar, a bridge crossing of Lough Lannagh and an upgrade to an existing bridge crossing of the Castlebar River.
The proposed road development comprises of 23.7km of Type 2 Dual Carriageway, 2.1km of Type 2 Single Carriageway, six roundabouts, two rail bridges, eleven overbridges, two underbridges and seven farm underpasses.