It was history in the making in Longford on Monday when the contract for the construction of the new N5 Longford Bypass was signed, sealed and delivered at Longford County Council headquarters. The signing of the contract has been made all the more significant given the current economic climate and by virtue of the fact that it is one of only four major road projects - including those in Cork, Kerry and Cavan - that are expected to progress to construction stage in Ireland this year. The construction of the new N5 Bypass is expected to commence on April 11, next.
According to the county’s Mayor Paul Connell, “The long awaited bypass will link the N4 and the N5 National roads and bring many benefits to the town, including reduced traffic congestion, improved safety, improved environmental quality through the removal of road traffic noise and pollution and enhanced quality of life for the local community.”
In recent years, traffic and heavy goods vehicles travelling from the west through Longford town has resulted in heavy traffic congestion and officials gathered at the contract signing last Monday agreed that the new bypass would serve as a solution to those growing traffic problems.
“Longford Town is a traffic bottleneck on the National Roads Network with many commuters suffering long tailbacks and slow moving traffic on the approaches to Longford from Westport and Dublin directions,” the Mayor added. “The construction of the N5 Longford Bypass will remove this bottleneck and reduce average journey times by approximately eight minutes. During peak periods the journey time saving will be up to 25 minutes. The traffic volumes in the Town Centre will be reduced by up to 5,000 vehicles per day including a significant number of heavy goods vehicles.
Longford County Manager, Tim Caffrey, said that in bringing the route to this stage “challenges had been overcome” and it had been a great achievement to bring the project to construction stage.
The new N5 Longford Bypass will be constructed approximately 2km from Longford Town in the townlands of Aghareagh, Ballyminion, Mullagh, Cartrons, Moneylagan and Aghadegnan.
The project will include 2.6 km of standard single carriageway National Primary Road; two roundabouts on the N4 and N5, a rail bridge, River Camlin Bridge and a bridge over the Lisbrack Road.