National Roads Authority announces 2015 Sligo roads allocation.

‘Allocation will allow number of key projects to progress over coming 12 months.’

Sligo News File Online.

Sligo County Council has confirmed that a €10 million National Roads Authority allocation will allow a number of key roads projects in the county to progress over the coming 12 months.

The projects include:

N17/R294 Tubbercurry junction construction €815,000.

Grant allocations were received in 2013 and 2014  to advance the design of improvement  works at the N17/R294 junctions just south of Tubbercurry.  The scheme involves the significant upgrade of two adjacent junctions on the N17/R294 including the provision of traffic signals. The above allocation will allow this scheme to be constructed in 2015.

N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin Road Development Project €3,500,000. An Bord Pleanala approved the N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin Scheme as presented by the Council on 24th July 2014.

The scheme will provide a new 14km Type 2 Dual-carriageway road with associated works between Collooney and Castlebaldwin and will complete the upgrade to modern standards of the N4 in County Sligo.

The 2015 allocation will allow the Council to continue archaeological investigations and detailed ground investigations and to continue with land acquisition and detailed design issues. 

Cost of the scheme is €100m and when developed will be the biggest infrastructural project to be undertaken in Sligo in modern times.

N16 Lugatober to Gortnagrelly €180,000.

The N16 in County Sligo is substandard from Sligo City to the Leitrim Border.  Sligo County Council has plans for a major realignment of this road.  However taking into account current funding constraints, Sligo County Council intend to develop a 3km upgrade of the N16 in the vicinity of Lugatober. This proposed scheme will realign several severe bends on the existing road and will tie-in with future major realignments. Work has commenced on the constraints study and route selection process with this work continuing in 2015 to the  formal planning stages arising from today’s allocation.

N17 Thornhill Bridge Bend Improvement €672,000.

This scheme is located 1km north of Ballynacarrow village on the N17 at the site of several serious accidents in recent years. 2013 works involved the provision of advanced warning and flashing light signs. Sligo County Council is developing a minor scheme to improve the existing bend at Thornhill Bridge. We expect to complete the planning process for this scheme in early 2015 with construction to be carried out later in the year.

N4 Hughes Bridge Widening Scheme – (N4 Traffic Improvement Scheme) €3,000,000.

The scheme, titled the “N4 Traffic Improvement Scheme”, involves the provision of two additional traffic lanes accross Hughes Bridge by the removal of the existing footpaths on both sides of the bridge
and the carrying out of strengthening works to the existing bridge. It includes the construction of two new dedicated pedestrian/cycle bridges outside of the existing bridge structure on both sides. Ancillary works including services associated with the above are included in the scheme. Specialist contractors will be required to carry out some of these works.

The Scheme is being Project Managed by Sligo County Council’s Major Road Schemes Design Team.  Works  commenced on the widening of Hughes Bridge during week beginning  20th October 2014.  The contract duration is nine months and the works are to be carried out by Contractors L & M Keating  from Clare. 

The 2015 allocation will complete the construction of this Scheme.