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Hope for new contractor to be appointed to N5 Road project shortly

Aug 1, 2023 18:17 By Shannonside News
Hope for new contractor to be appointed to N5 Road project shortly
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There have been three fatalities on the Roscommon leg of the national route in the last three months.

It's hoped the N5 road project will see a new contractor appointed in the coming weeks.

The Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue road project on the busy route was delayed last year after the company selected to progress it, Roadbridge, went into receivership.

There have been three fatalities on the Roscommon leg of the national route in the last three months.

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Local politicians and members of the public have raised concerns of sections of the route over the last number of years.

Speaking to Let's Talk today, local Senator Eugene Murphy says that negotiations for a new contractor are at an advanced stage.

He claims despite a major cost increase in the project, the Government consider the project of vital importance:

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'The Government are going to give this greenlight, that's the good news.

I'm hoping that it will happen sooner or later but it will happen.

I'm pressing for it to happen before the end of the year.

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The cost has gone up, this was a €200 million euro from Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue bypass.

It's now gone up in excess of 60 million euro, that's a colossal increase.'

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