Work to be­gin at long last on the N4 af­ter €24m fund­ing

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SLIGO County Coun­cil re­ceived its largest ever an­nual al­lo­ca­tion for roads last week from Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Ire­land, re­ceiv­ing €37,678,970.

This rep­re­sents €20M more than the largest ever pre­vi­ous an­nual al­lo­ca­tion re­ceived by this Coun­cil from TII, which was last year’s al­lo­ca­tion of €17,661,027.

Work will get un­der­way in the new year on the N4 Col­looney to Castle­bald­win project, for which €24,000,000 has been al­lo­cated. The Cathaoir­leach of Sligo County Coun­cil Coun­cil­lor Baker wel­comed the an­nounce­ment ‘ This ma­jor in­vest­ment in our na­tional roads net­work is hugely sig­nif­i­cant in the con­text of our des­ig­na­tion as a cen­tre for eco­nomic growth, and it will move for­ward a num­ber of im­por­tant projects for County Sligo.’

Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices Tom Kil­feather com­mented ” The high­light of to­day’s fund­ing an­nounce­ment is the al­lo­ca­tion of al­most €24M for the N4 Col­looney to Castle­bald­win Scheme which means con­struc­tion will go ahead in early 2019.”

N4 Col­looney to Castle­bald­win Road De­vel­op­ment Project €23,891,000 THE 2019 al­lo­ca­tion con­firms that the Scheme is go­ing to long awaited con­struc­tion in the com­ing year. The Coun­cil will, once Cab­i­net sign-off is re­ceived, look to sign the con­tract for con­struc­tion early in 2019 to al­low for im­me­di­ate com­mence- ment of work.

N4/N15 Ur­ban Im­prove­ment €3,000,000 FOL­LOW­ING on from the N4 Hughes Bridge Widen­ing Scheme this is the next sec­tion be­ing de­vel­oped com­menc­ing at the north­ern end of the Hughes Bridge Widen­ing Scheme and fin­ish­ing north of the Rosses Point junc­tion. It will in­clude up­grad­ing the Na­tional pri­mary to north of the Rosses Point junc­tion, along with up­grad­ing the Rosses point, Duck Street and Markievicz Road junc­tions. The Cop­per River Bridge will also be up­graded as part of the works. The al­lo­ca­tion of €3M will al­low con­struc­tion work to com­mence in mid 2019.

N16 Lu­ga­to­ber to Gort­na­grelly €600,000 THE N16 in County Sligo is sub­stan­dard from Sligo City to the Leitrim Border. A Pre­ferred Route for the N16 in County Sligo was se­lected in 2017. This will en­able the N16 to be up­graded on a phased ba­sis over a num­ber of years. The first sec­tion pro­posed to be up­graded is a 2.5km length in the vicin­ity of Lu­ga­to­ber. This scheme will realign sev­eral se­vere bends on the ex­ist­ing road and will tie-in with fu­ture re­align­ments. The de­sign, en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ments and Statu­tory Process has been sub­stan­tially ad­vanced in 2018 and the €600,000 al­lo­ca­tion will al­low the scheme progress to An Bord Pleanala in 2019 with con­struc­tion an­tic­i­pated for 2020. PAVE­MENT Im­prove­ments €7,997,608 AL­THOUGH the over­all sum ap­proved for Pave­ment Schemes for 2019 is down by €4.2M on 2018 we still have re­ceived a very sig­nif­i­cant al­lo­ca­tion to carry out works across the net­work in 2018 . Schemes are pro­grammed for the N15, N16, N17 and the N59. Some are Schemes that had to be de­ferred from 2018 .

N15 Schemes €1,600,000

N16 Schemes € 900,000

N17 Schemes €1,998,000

N59 Schemes €2,500,000 MAIN­TE­NANCE €511,124 MAIN­TE­NANCE Costs Pro­vi­sions (ex­clud­ing light­ing) in re­spect of the Na­tional Pri­mary road net­work for 2019 are up by €31,000 on the 2018 fig­ures. EN­GI­NEER­ING Sup­port Grant €1,012,000

THE 2019 fig­ure is up by €96,000 on 2018. the sig­nif­i­cance of this is that it in­di­cates the pro­vi­sion of an ad­di­tional staffing re­source par­tic­u­larly with re­gard to com­menc­ing work on Phase 1 of the statu­tory process for the N17 Col­looney to Knock Scheme.

Coun­cil­lor Marie Casserly said: “I’m de­lighted to see this fund­ing come in. These works will cre­ate jobs in the area so it’s a good thing for ev­ery­one. It’s been a long time com­ing so hope­fully work can get un­der­way as soon as pos­si­ble.”

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