N5 Road

  • An Bord Pleanala has given the green light to the road development of the N5 between N5 Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue.

    Senator Frank Feighan has warmly welcomed the decision to grant the planning permission, who says the project involves constructing almost 35 kilometres of new carriageway along with the realignment of nearly 15 kilometres of existing roads.

    Senator Feighan says that this is a dangerous stretch of road, which is extremely busy, so this work will be welcomed to the many people who use it.

    Meanwhile Mayo County Council has welcomed today’s decision by An Bord Pleanala to approve the road development of the N5 between Ballaghaderreen and Scramoge, Co. Roscommon.

    Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, said it is important for Co. Mayo and the West of Ireland and said “It is vitally important to improve the road network connecting the east of the country with the west and the improvements planned for the N5 is a critical piece of infrastructure.“It is critical for the ongoing economic, social and tourism development of Mayo that a high quality road network links us to the wider western region and to the rest of the national route network which serves the entire country.I would like to thank all citizens who made a submission to An Bord Pleanala in support of the upgrade works.”

    The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin, also welcomed the news as vital for the county saying It is important to keep Mayo connected with the rest of the country and the proposed N5 upgrades will do just that. It will also make the travel to and from the eastern part of the country smoother and easier.”

  • Construction is due to begin on the 170 million euro new N5 Castlebar to Westport road by September of this year, that’s according to the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring.

     The Minister says that the final tender for the project will go out this month, (January 2019).

    It is envisaged that tenders will be received back by May, with the contract being awarded in August/September 2019.  It is hoped to have the contractor on site by September 2019.  

    Mayo County Council will be working with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in progressing thE scheme.  The total cost of the investment in this project is approximately €170m which includes land, construction and all other costs.

    Funding of €10 million has been allocated to this road project for 2019.  

    Speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley Minister Ring said September next is the envisaged start date for work to begin on the long awaited route.

  • As new plans are underway to strategically link Castlebar to Westport in an effort to develop a new regional growth centre , a Castlebar councillor has expressed his view that the bypassing of Castlebar with the construction of a new dual carriageway on the N5 between Turlough and Westport will be to the detriment of many businesses in Castlebar.

    Fianna Fail councillor Al McDonnell outlined his concerns about the road development at yesterday’s monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District

    He said y he believes that the dual carriageway  bypass of Castlebar that will run from Turlough to Westport will work to the detriment of Castlebar, stating that the new road will at its closest – be two miles from Castlebar town centre. Many business people, he said have expressed concerns to him about the potential impact on Castlebar businesses.He also believes that Castlebar and Westport have two very different identities and wont merge easily to form a hub

  • 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.

  • There are reports of black ice on roads across the region this morning.

    Roads are especially bad on the N5 at the turnoff for Swinford and also the turnoff for Ballaghadereeen. Ballaghaderreen town is also described as very dangerous this morning.

    Icy conditions are also reported in Roscommon town.

    Gardai in Belmullet say that roads in their area are slippery in some spots following rainfall this morning.

  • 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.