N4 bypass set to be fast tracked

Sligo County Council will be allocating additional resources to fast-track work on the new N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin bypass over the next year.

Ocean FM reports that Transport Infrastructure Ireland – formerly the National Roads Authority – is encouraging the Council to have all work done to be ready to go to tender in the third quarter of 2017.

That’s earlier than planned and the TII seems confident that if the Council is ready to go to tender as soon as possible that capital funding will be available.

The project was allocated €9m in capital funding from the TII for 2016 and the Council is now at stage 5 of a 7 stage process.

The estimated overall cost of the scheme is €100m and when developed will be the biggest infrastructural project to be undertaken in Sligo in modern times.

Director of Services at the Council, Tom Kilfeather told Ocean FM News that they will now make every effort to ensure the project is expedited.

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