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Main Contractor Announced for €450M Roscommon Road Project

The contractor for the €450m N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue road project has been revealed by Roscommon County Council.

A spokesperson for the council confirmed that the main construction contract for the scheme has been awarded to Wills Bros Ltd, Ballylahan Bridge, Foxford, Co. Mayo. The contract duration is four years, and accordingly the project is anticipated to be substantially complete by October 2027, said the spokesperson.

The form of contract being used is the Public Works Contract for Civil Engineering Works designed by the contractor under which the appointed contractor undertakes the detailed design and construction of the project.

Welcoming the news, local councillor Liam Callaghan said this news is among further positive indications that the project is set to commence in early 2024. Cllr Callaghan said he is aware the main contract had been awarded and office sites are being set in place. He also noted that a major employment drive for workers locally is being advertised, further evidence, he said, that the scheme is set to start.

“The project will be a major boost to road safety in the area and from a commercial point of view will offer a great economic stimulus from both a business and employment point of view – Fine Gael councillor.

In September 2023,  The Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, announced that the N5 project had been approved by Cabinet and would progress to the construction phase. The project cost increased to €450M due to inflationary pressures alongside rising costs of construction materials and elevated levels of shipping and logistic costs.

The N5 project involves the construction of approximately 34km of new single carriageway road that will extend from the western end of the existing N5 Ballaghaderreen Bypass to the townland of Scramogue in County Roscommon, bypassing the towns and villages of Frenchpark, Ballinagare, Tulsk and Strokestown. Provision will also be made for pedestrian and cyclist facilities where the route meets access points to some of the towns along the route.

More news about N5 Roscommon road project here.