Green light for N5 Project!

Formal approval for Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue Road

The Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan yesterday (Wednesday) announced that the N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue Road Project has been approved by Cabinet and will now progress to the construction phase.

The project involves the construction of approximately 34 kilometres of new single carriageway road that will extend the existing N5 Ballaghaderreen Bypass to Scramogue, bypassing Frenchpark, Ballinagare, Tulsk and Strokestown.

Provision will also be made for pedestrian and cyclist facilities with the project estimated to cost €200 million and taking three years to complete.

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy welcomed the news, saying the new infrastructure would open up north, east, and west Roscommon and provide an “economic bounce”. He added that the new pedestrian and cycling provisions would be a major boost to local communities.

Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan described it as a “phenomenal Government investment in County Roscommon” and said it would make the N5 safer for people travelling on the route while also speeding up journey times.

“I know from Fine Gael Councillor Liam Callaghan in the area how much this will mean to the local community to keep people safe on our roads. The completion of the new N5 road is scheduled to take three years. It’s been many years coming but now we have dedicated Government funds and I’m delighted to support this project,” she said.

Cllr. Callaghan said: “I am delighted that the N5 project from Scramogue to Tibohine has finally got the green light. This stretch of new road will improve road safety for local residents and motorists, and will give a major boost to developing enterprise west of the Shannon”.

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice also welcomed the news on Wednesday, describing the project as a “critical part of infrastructure for County Roscommon and the west of Ireland”.

Deputy Fitzmaurice said: “This project has been spoken about for some time and finally action is soon to be taken. These upgrade works will improve road safety on the route in question, which is vitally important.

“I look forward to seeing this project, which is set to cost an estimated €200 million and take three years to complete, moving onto the construction phase in the next few weeks”.