Senator Aisling Dolan welcomed major government investment for County Roscommon. Cabinet approval was issued today for €462 million for the N5 Ballaghadereen to Scramoge By-pass under the Public Spending Code
Senator Aisling Dolan stated
“ This is major government investment road safety in Roscommon which will save lives.
“The N5 Ballaghadereen to Scramoge by-pass has been approved for significantly increased funding of €462 million. This new route in the West will remove heavy traffic and make communities safer in Frenchpark, Bellangare, Tulsk & Strokestown”
“The current road has been lethal with double the national average for accidents. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been very supportive of this Roscommon road project as a key priority for government. I met with Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan a number of weeks ago in Leinster House to highlight the importance of this road project to reduce the level of accidents and I welcome his support.
““A new road will make travel safer for all users on car journeys, travelling by bus or on school transport. This will have a major impact for people and families living in County Roscommon as well as people travelling to Sligo, Westport or Longford. The 33 kilometre route will protect the Rathcroghan archaeological complex and Strokestown Park House & National Famine Museum. It will encourage more visitors to explore the county especially with better transport options for coach tourism and access to Ireland West airport in Knock.
“As well as improving crucial connectivity in the West for investment and enterprise in the region. Road freight in the method for transport for majority of export businesses in the West.
“This funding also includes cycleway connectivity planned for the existing N5 route under Active Travel.
“I have worked with my colleagues Deputy Frank Feighan and Cllr Liam Callaghan on this project and it is great news for the county of Roscommon. To acknowledge local people & groups who have worked on this project over many years. Roscommon County Council will soon be able to progress this project.”