Mayo County Council is expected to appoint a contractor for the new Cloongullane Bridge between Swinford and Foxford in May with work on the €12m project to start in early summer.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is meeting Mayo County Council this week with the purpose of granting the go-ahead to issue tenders to the three shortlisted candidates for the new bridge.
Ground works and clearing the route for the road have already taken place and there is currently archaeology work underway at the site on the N26.
“All this means that as soon as the contractor is appointed construction work can begin without delay,” said Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin.
“I have been making the case for an upgrade of the N26 at Cloongullane Bridge to the Taoiseach over the past while, particularly as planning issues pertaining to the River Moy SAC were threatening again to derail progress in the past couple of years.
“This breakthrough for the N26 gives us hope that we can overcome planning and environmental issues for the River Moy SAC and see progress on the rest of the road between Swinford, Foxford and Ballina,” added Senator Mulherin.