Long-awaited N5 bypass set to start this year

Longford County Council has received over €11.7 million as part of the 2011 National Roads Programme. The allocation includes approximately €9 million for the N5 Longford Bypass, which links the N4 to the route to the West.

Longford County Council has received over €11.7 million as part of the 2011 National Roads Programme. The allocation includes approximately €9 million for the N5 Longford Bypass, which links the N4 to the route to the West.

Compared with 2010, this year's allocation represents an increase of approximately €8.5million and in terms of the N5 Longford Bypass, the local authority has received an increase of almost €8million on last year's figure (€804,000).

Longford Westmeath Fianna Fail TD, Peter Kelly, has welcomed the announcement stating:

"I am delighted to see this funding of just over €9 million for the Longford Bypass. I have campaigned consistently on this issue as it would decrease journey times, increase driver safety and help to reduce the traffic congestion in Longford town."

A total of €11,754,022 has been allocated to Longford County Council and once the €9million N5 Longford Bypass has been removed from the overall pie, there will be approximately €2.5million remaining to fund Longford's roads requirements. This is in line with 2010 figures.

Of this €1.2 million will be allocated for pavement and minor works, which will include the Kilsallagh to county boundary pavement overlay, the Mindard to Lamagh, Newtownforbes Pavement Overlay and the Ballinalee Road. €165,000 has been allocated for safety works and €800,000 will go towards Killashee Village and Main Street, Lanesboro pavement overlay. "In addition to this €286,000 has been allocated for maintenance on National Primary Routes and €242,000 has been allocated for Nationally Secondary Routes for resurfacing, bridge maintenance, route lighting and winter maintenance," said Deputy Kelly.

Looking at neighbouring counties, Cavan received the sum of €20,405,665, Leitrim (€3,366,514), Roscommon (€14,572,879), and Westmeath (€21,502,835).

Longford's allocation forms part of the Government's overall national roads investment strategy for 2011. In total €866.96million has been allocated to the National Roads Programme.

Commenting on the investment, Minister for Transport Pat Carey TD stated:

"The funding today provides for the commencement of four new significant schemes; Belturbet, Longford and Tralee By-Passes and Cork Southern Ring Road Interchanges...I warmly welcome these national road allocations for 2011 and the associated employment that such investment brings in the construction, maintenance and design sectors."