CORK County Council has this week published Prior Information Notices (PIN), signalling that the contract for the Macroom bypass could be advertised within the coming 12 months.
The Baile Bhuirne - Macroom development was included in the €6bn 2016 to 2021 Capital Spending Plan in 2015. It is proposed to run from Coolcower roundabout on the Cork side of Macroom, bringing traffic north of the town and on towards the Cork-Kerry bounds west of Baile Bhuirne, 22 km away.
Minister Brendan Griffin said the latest update is a step in the right direction but has explained that the PINs do not amount to a contract notice, instead representing an opportunity for potential bidders to clarify proposed details. He hopes to see work begin in 2019.
A €14m programme of advance works relating to the scheme is ongoing, including site investigation works, geophysical surveying, site clearance and fencing.
Meanwhile, Kerry County Council (KCC) said that the N22 between Glenflesk and Lissivigeen will remain closed until 4pm this Friday, October 13.
Work includes improvements at the Minish level crossing, repairs to a road dip, and upgrading a bend at Rusheenbeg.
A KCC spokesperson said it was decided to carry out all three repairs within one closure to minimise disruption for motorists.