A contractor is expected to be appointed in the New Year to the N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin road project in Sligo. It has been confirmed that Sligo County Council has received tenders for the main construction project.

All advance works on the road project have been completed and the land purchase is 90% complete.

That was confirmed to Roscommon Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan by Minister for Transport Shane Ross in the Seanad today. However Minister Ross pointed out that Government approval is required prior to the award of the project, as it will cost in excess of €100m.

This particular stretch of road has been described as extremely dangerous, with white crosses along the road marking the lives lost there.

Minister Ross gave Senator Feighan progress reports on three major upgrade schemes on the N4 today.

In relation to the planned Mullingar to Longford (Rooskey) road scheme, Minister Ross explained that a project pre-appraisal plan was submitted to his Department and found to be compliant with the Public Spending Code and the Common Appraisal Framework. The Minister said that this has allowed the scheme to go to the next stage in terms of planning and design.

He said the tender process for the engagement of technical advisors to progress this planning and design stage is now underway.

Regarding the N4 Carrick-on-Shannon to Dromod upgrade, Minister Ross said that the scheme was suspended in 2012 due to the unprecedented economic downturn but that a project pre-appraisal plan was found to be compliant with the Public Spending Code and the Common Appraisal Framework. This means the tender process for the appointment of technical advisors to progress this planning and design stage is also now underway.

Senator Feighan said these major upgrades on the N4, which is a major corridor for this region, will bring many benefits. These works will improve road safety for road users; will alleviate traffic congestion and also reduce journey times to allow people plan their journeys more accurately.

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