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N59 Rossow Bends Road Scheme opens, strengthening County Mayo’s transport infrastructure

N59 Rossow Bends Road Scheme opens

Minister Michael Ring, Minister for Rural & Community Development, opened the Rossow Bends Road Scheme this afternoon. Comprising of 1.8km of single carriageway road removing a particularly bad bend on the N59 and an at-grade crossing of the Great Western Greenway on the N59. This latest section of improvements along the N59 Westport to Mulranny road was completed by Ward & Burke Construction Ltd.

At the same event Minister Ring turned the sod on the N59 Kilmeena Road Realignment Scheme, the next section of the N59 Westport to Mulranny to advance to construction. The contract has recently been awarded to PJ Carey (Contractors) Ltd. and will comprise of 2.6km of single carriageway and 1km of cycleway.

In 2009 Transport Infrastructure Ireland, TII (NRA at that time) commenced the development of a pilot programme of four projects for the improvement of low volume national secondary roads. The N59 Westport to Mulranny scheme was selected as one of these pilot projects.

Mayo County Council developed this improvement scheme which comprised of upgrading a 25km section of the existing route to a Type 3 single carriageway between Westport and Mulranny. The proposed road project also included enhancements to the Great Western Greenway by the removal of two at-grade crossings of the cycle route.  The overall cost of the scheme is estimated at €55 million.

 “The N59 is a vital transport link which connects a key Mayo tourism hub comprising of Louisburgh, Westport, Newport and Mulranny to the Wild Atlantic Way, a key route and a very popular destination for tourists visiting our county. Investing in the N59, is an investment in the safety for both drivers and cyclists, and also an investment in our local community and in our tourism industry. The better our roads infrastructure, the more likely we are to attract jobs and direct investment to County Mayo.” Peter Hynes, Chief Executive, Mayo County Council.


For further information please contact Mayo National Roads Design Office: (094) 9038130


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Posted: 27/07/2018
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