An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, visited Co. Roscommon yesterday for the official turning of the sod ceremony to mark the start of construction on the N5 Ballagaderreen to Scramoge Road project.

The €200 million upgrade scheme will improve the safety of the N5 national primary route between Ballaghaderreen and Scramoge, described by Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan as "one of the worst sections of primary road in the country." 

The long-awaited road development will bypass the towns of Frenchpark, Ballinagare, Tulsk and Strokestown, with provision for pedestrian and cycling facilities along the route. It will boost economic, social and tourism development in the region by enhancing connectivity between the west, midlands and Dublin. 

The scheme includes the construction of 34km of new Type 1 single carriageway; 15.4km of realignment of existing roads; five roundabouts; 16 ‘T’ junctions; three road under bridges; one road overbridge; four river bridges and 14 culverts. 

ROD-AECOM alliance has worked closely with Roscommon National Roads Regional Office (NRRO) for over seven years to bring the road development through the preliminary design and statutory planning phases, as well as the more recent contract procurement phase. Our current responsibilities include providing contract administration, construction monitoring and handover stage services for the project. 

The construction contract was awarded to Roadbridge Ltd. last June. The project is expected to take three years to complete.


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