The new contract for the N5 by-pass project is expected to be signed in the opening months of next year.
The 33km upgrade of the route between Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue ground to a halt earlier this year after contractor Roadbridge collapsed amid financial difficulties.
The project has been forced back to the tendering stage and Junior Minister Pippa Hackett confirmed to Senator Eugene Murphy this morning that a number of interested parties have expressed a desire to be considered for the multi-million euro project which is likely to take three years to complete.
She also confirmed further safety works for the N5:
"Expressions of interest have been received. Subject to the successful outcome of the tendering process it is intended that the award of the main contract would happen in the first quarter of 2023.
It's currently anticipated that the construction of the main scheme will take three years.
In 2022, a pavement improvement scheme will be progressed on the existing n5 road between Moneylea and Carrowntoosan which is expected to commence in July.
In addition, a feasibility study and options report has been received for s safety scheme at the junction of the N5 and the R361 at Frenchpark."
Senator Eugene Murphy welcomed the update which he described as very positive :
"Good news in relation to the re-tendering for the N5 project. That is really good news and positive news and hopefully, that will get up and running before too long. it's good to see there is interest, and expression of interest received."