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N15 roadworks to last into next year

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A section of the ongoing road works at Hughes Bridge, Sligo

A section of the ongoing road works at Hughes Bridge, Sligo

A section of the ongoing road works at Hughes Bridge, Sligo

It's not what motorists, pedestrians or those living in the Rosses Point, Cartron areas wanted to hear but the substantial roadworks project on the N15 will not be completed until early in 2021.

The Scheme involves upgrading approximately 670m of urban mainline dual carriageway (N4 & N15), which will result in increased capacity for through the junctions and along the route.

The development includes the construction of four retaining walls, a precast concrete culvert under the full width of the N15, drainage systems, Irish Water infrastructure, earthworks, pavement construction, various utilities works, boundary treatment, landscaping, street lighting and the installation of an Urban Traffic Control System on a network of 13 junctions throughout Sligo Town.

Sligo County Council says construction progressed well in 2019 and Q1 2020, but the site was closed for seven weeks from 29th March to 18th May 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, following Government guidelines.

Works recommenced on a phased basis following reopening, in line with Government and CIF Guidelines, with operations being scaled up as the weeks progressed.

The main works activities taking place include the installation of the precast concrete culvert under the N15, retaining boundary walls, drainage works, utility works including Irish Water Infrastructure, kerbing and road pavement construction.

These works require significant traffic management due to the scheme's location at the intersection of three national primary roads and the Rosses Point road junction.

It is expected that construction will be ongoing to Q1 2021.

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