Preferred route for Ballymurray Knockroghery bypass due in August or early September

The selection of a preferred route for the Ballmurray Knockcroghery bypass will not be revealed until August or early September.

While a safety audit of the N61 towards Athlone is now delayed by almost a year and a half.

The N61 is one of the busiest primary routes in county Roscommon; it currently experiences traffic levels on the region of 8,000 vehicles a day at Ballymurray with levels increasing to over 13,000 towards Athlone.

According to the Roads Design Office in Roscommon work is still ongoing to assess six routes to bypass both Ballymurray and Knockcroghery, which were put out to public consultation last November.

All routes bypass both locations, where there are also significant delays due to railway crossings, while three of the routes include a bypass of Lecarrow.

Meanwhile a long awaited safety audit of the N61 further south towards Athlone is facing significant delays.

Councillor Tony Ward has been informed that a consultant has yet to be appointed to prepare the report, despite the TII approving the appointment in January 2019.

The delays are being put down to the appointment of a new senior engineer at Roscommon County Council, and new TII Safety Officer for Roscommon, and the pandemic.

It’s understood that engineer Ivor Kilcline will now meet with the new Safety Officer to progress the matter.