Thursday 21 March 2019

Funding of €15m allocated to Macroom Bypass

Several local projects to share in national roads funding windfall

Cllr John Paul O’Shea (FG)
Cllr John Paul O’Shea (FG)

Bill Browne

The badly needed Macroom Bypass has taken yet another step closer to becoming a reality after it emerged that funding has been set aside for the coming year that will allow the project to move towards the construction phase.

This after Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) announced that Cork County Council has been allocated more than €36 million for works to the county's national roads network for 2019 - with a large chunk of the funding set aside for the Macroom project. 

Shortly before Christmas it was announced that tenders were being sought for the €214 million project, with the contract expected to be awarded in the spring of this year. 

The 22km of dual carriageway will run from Coolcower roundabout, taking traffic north of the town across the Carrigadrohid Reservoir and onto the county bounds west of Ballyvourney. 

It will incorporate 18 road bridges, four bridges over the rivers Sullane, Lane, Foherish and Bohill, 13 culverts and the diversion of the River Owengarve. It is envisaged that the bypass will be completed and opened to traffic by the end of 2022.

Of the €36,650,815 set aside for works to Cork's nationals roads network for the coming year, €15 million has been allocated for the Macroom Bypass that will advance it to the construction stage. 

Other key projects within the wider North Cork area that have been allocated funding under the 2019 nationals roads programme for the county include the M20 Cork-Limerick Motorway, the proposed Mallow Relief Road and other road realignment and pavement strengthening projects.

Welcoming the overall package for Cork, Cllr John Paul O'Shea pointed out that it represented a 100% increase in funding when compared to last years allocation.

"This is a very important announcement for Cork roads and it is particularly welcoming to see funding of €15m secured to advance the Ballyvourney to Macroom Bypass project to construction," said Cllr O'Shea. 

He said it was also important to see funding continue to be allocated to advance projects like the M20 and the Mallow Relief Road. 

"Likewise, we must continue to upgrade our existing national road network therefore the pavement improvements and overlay works are indeed also very welcome," said Cllr O'Shea. 

"This funding will bring great benefits to road users throughout north Cork and I am looking forward to seeing great progress being made right across Cork's national road network over the coming year," he added. Funding for local and regional roads will be announced by the Department of Transport over the coming weeks.


Key north Cork national road projects to be funded in 2019

• N22 Ballyvourney to Macroom - €15,000,000.

• M20 Cork to Limerick Motorway - €2,150,000.

• N72/73 Mallow Relief Road - €300,000.

• N73 Annakisha South improvement scheme - €250,000.

• N73 Clogher Cross to Waterdyke realignment scheme - €250,000.

• N20 Mallow Southern Approach pavement inlay/overlay - €980,000.

• N72 Annabella to Lacknamona pavement strengthening (design) - €500,000.

• N72 Grange East and West pavement strengthening - €1,500,000.