Further boost for N59 in Government’s €28 million funding for Galway’s national roads in 2019
Almost €28 million has been allocated by Government for Galway’s national roads in 2019.
The allocation from Government for roads and transport projects in Galway includes €21.49 million for Galway County Council and €6.43 million for Galway City Council.
The investment of almost €28 million by Government in 2019 will drive improvements to national roads in the city and country with funding for some of the most important transport routes including the N6 in the city, the N83 Tuam Road, the N84 Headford Road and the N59, as well as funding for the Galway City Ring Road which is currently before An Bord Pleanála.
A significant allocation of €8.64 million will fund a range of improvements to the N59, the main access route to North Connemara. The allocation includes funding for major schemes including the Moycullen Bypass and €2 million for additional works between Maam Cross and Bunakill.
€4.3 million has been allocated to cover the cost of road pavement improvements around Recess on the N59. Meanwhile €800,000 has been earmarked for improvements to the road west of the National Park entrance at Letterfrack. Site clearance works have recently taken place to enable these vital safety improvements on what is a notoriously narrow but busy section of the N59.
The 2019 allocation for the N59 brings to €16.73 million the funding that the Government has invested in the N59 since entering office in mid-2016. This investment has improved the main road between Galway and Clifden and northwards for the benefit of communities in Connemara as well as visitors to the region.
I look forward to progress this year on a number of projects including the Moycullen Bypass, the Connemara Greenway and the N59 in Oughterard where a new crossing is needed for the safety of road-users, pedestrians in particular.
The latest meeting on the N59 upgrade project took place in my department office in Dublin and was attended by the Assistant Secretary over the Heritage Section of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, officials from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), the Director of Services for Roads and Infrastructure at Galway County Council and senior engineers of the Council.
Reaffirming the commitment to work together to advance the upgrade of main Galway to Clifden road, the meeting heard that the section of the road between Bunakill and Maam Cross is at contract document stage.
In addition, the method statement to enable the fencing of the proposed re-aligned section between Bunakill and Oughterard is finalised. The method statements are a requirement that has been imposed by An Bord Pleanala as a condition of planning permission for the upgrade.
Work is also ongoing to address the issues raised by An Bord Pleanala in its report regarding the planning application between the Maam Cross to Clifden for which the higher planning authority refused permission.
I have arranged a further meeting between Council officials, councillors and residents regarding the next steps for a new crossing over the Owenriff in Oughterard which is needed for reasons of road safety. The meeting will take place this Friday (18th January) at Galway County Council offices.