The N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramoge Road Project has been approved by Cabinet today.
The road project estimated to cost in excess of €200 million will now progress to the construction phase. It is expected to take three years to complete.
The project involves the construction of circa 34km of new single carriageway road that will extend from the western end of the existing N5 Ballaghaderreen Bypass to the townland of Scramoge in County Roscommon. It will bypass the towns and villages of Frenchpark, Bellanagare, Tulsk and Strokestown. Provision will also be made for pedestrian and cyclist facilities where the route meets access points to some of the towns along the route.
The news was welcomed by Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon.
“This is truly a great day for the entirety of Mayo and any road users who depend on the N5. As the primary access road to our county, it has been a long road in getting to this point of project approval. The total estimated investment value of the N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramoge Road Project is more than €200million and it will take three years to complete. The Ballaghadereen to Scramoge road project will replace one of the worst sections of primary road in the country. By completing the missing link in the N5 corridor, it will improve road transport and access to the north west,” said Deputy Dillon.
“The approval by Government today will result in the removal of sections of the N5 that have had collision rates nearly twice above the national road average. The N5 road project which now moves to construction phase will improve safety for all road users including pedestrians and cyclists. Dramatically improving the safety of the N5 corridor, the new route will also benefit road users by improving overall journey times and reduce travel costs. This represents a game changer for Mayo industries and tourism, as it addresses a key infrastructural deficit which will now move to construction. The construction phase which in itself will create much needed employment as society continues to reopen,” he added.