N5 Road

  • The N5 Road between Tulsk and Ballinagare has reopened to traffic following the removal of a jack-knifed truck. Conditions remain slippery in that area so Gardai are advising motorists to exercise caution. 

    The N4 on the Boyle side of Carrick on Shannon is closed following an accident involving a lorry and a number of cars. Gardai say the road will remain closed for a number of hours.

    The Kiltimagh/Balla Rd (R342) has reopened to traffic after a truck overturned there yesterday evening.

  • The new €270m euro N5 road that will connect Castlebar to Westport looks set to be open to traffic in about four years time.

    That’s according to Castlebar based Fine Gael Councillor Cyril Burke.

    The Councillor says Transport infrastructure Ireland (TII) confirmed recently to a delegation of Mayo County Councillors that 4 contractors have been shortlisted for the construction contract and the preferred contractor should be selected and ready to begin work on the road from June of next year.

  • Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has welcomed the fact that resurfacing works are due to commence on a dangerous stretch of the N5 at the old GAA pitch in Strokestown in the coming weeks.

    Deputy Murphy says there have been ongoing problems in Strokestown at a major bend in the road at the old GAA pitch and while a number of improvements which he initiated have been carried out, the area continued to be dangerous for motorists so he welcomes the fact that a new surface will be laid on this stretch of road in the coming weeks.

    He says he would still urge motorists to be cautious as the area is still very prone to accidents but hopes that these new resurfacing works will help to alleviate the ongoing problems at this location which have been of grave concern to many members of the public.

    Deputy Murphy had continually highlighted the lack of health and safety plans at various junctions on the main N5 at Tarmonbarry, Scramogue, Simpson’s Cross, Tulsk and Frenchpark. The Fianna Fáil TD has called for traffic calming barriers to be put in place before there are more major accidents at these locations.  Deputy Murphy has continually raised this issue in the Dáil with the Minister for Transport Shane Ross.

  • The Transport Minister Shane Ross needs to travel to Co Roscommon to see the dangerous crossroads that still exist on the N5 at Tarmonbarry, Scramogue, Tulsk and Frenchpark.

    That's according to Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy who has welcomed the work that has been carried out at various locations along the N5, but says more needs to be done.

    Deputy Murphy says motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are taking their lives in their hands every day at these crossroads, while traffic calming barriers are needed in villages along the N5, as well as an increased level of hedge and verge trimming.

    He's expressed concern about the number of accidents taking place along the N5, and says a Health & Safety Assessment needs to be carried out...

  • A roundabout needs to be put in place on the N5 outside Swinford at the junction with the N26 - that's according to Swinford-based Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Smyth who's concerned about the increased number of collisions at this junction, known locally as Corrib Oil.

    He believes a roundabout would increase safety at this location, and would slow down heavy goods vehicles on their approach to Swinford.

    Councillor Smyth is to put down a notice of motion for the next council meeting, calling for a full review of the N5 at this junction, and intends to start a campaign in favour of a roundabout.

    He also says he will stage a protest on the N5 in the New Year to highlight the danger for motorists at this location.

  • Mayo County Council has agreed to put a safety improvement scheme in place later this year on the N5 Westport to Castlebar road, at Corrib Oil.

    A number of collisions have occurred at this busy stretch of road in recent years, and Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland has raised the issue on a number of occasions, calling for safety measures to slow down traffic at this location.

    After raising the matter again this week, Councillor Hyland was informed that a safety improvement scheme will be put in place later this year.