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New N5 to open by mid-April


NEARING COMPLETION An aerial shot of the progress made on the Turlough to Westport dual carriageway, close to Derrywash. Pic: Jack Walsh Drone Photography

Anton McNulty

THE Castlebar section of the new N5 road is expected to open to traffic at the end of the month, with the whole project expected to be completed by April.
Head of Roads with Mayo County Council, Paul Dolan informed members of the Roads Strategic Policy Committee that the contractors of the new N5 dual-carriageway from Westport to Turlough expected to have it completed by the middle of April.
The construction phase of the €241 million project commenced in January 2020 and consists of 20.3km of Type 2 dual carriageway and 5.2km of type 2 single carriageway. The project initially had a completion date of October 2022 but it was later revised due to delays.
Carrowholly-based councillor John O’Malley had commented at the meeting that the project seemed to be going well and asked Mr Dolan if it was on target and if residents close to the construction sites should expect any more delays.
In reply, Mr Dolan said the Castlebar section of the N5 is expected to be open to traffic by the end of January or early February and the remainder of the project will be fully completed by the middle of April.

Islandeady request
Meanwhile, Mayo County Council have been asked to replace a stone wall in the village of Islandeady which was knocked to accommodate works on the new road.
The matter was raised at both the SPC meeting and the December meeting of the Castlebar Municipal District where members called on Mayo County Council and the road contractors to comply with a request from the local community to have the stone wall rebuilt.
Cllr John O’Malley raised the matter at the SPC meeting where he said only 30 metres of wall needs to be rebuilt and it would be of great benefit to the village.
“The people in the village are adamant they want it put back and don’t want post and rail fencing that won’t last any length.
“They want the 30m stone wall put back. It enhances the village and any work carried out should enhance the village and not take away from it. They are up in arms about it and want the stone wall replaced. For all the work done it would not be much to put that few yards of a wall put back and it will look really neat and nice,” he said.
In response Mr Dolan said that he could not give a commitment that it will be replaced but the matter is being dealt with by the National Roads Office, the contractor and the community.
At the Castlebar Municipal District meeting councillors said they will support whatever stance the community take to ensure the wall is rebuilt.