LONGFORD COUNTY COUNCIL ROADS DEPARTMENT
Longford Town will soon see an end to heavy goods vehicles and through traffic clogging up the Town Centre as the N5 Longford Bypass nears construction. According to Mayor Paul Connell “the long awaited bypass will link the N4 and the N5 National roads and bring many benefits to the town in the form of; 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”.
Mayor Connell also pointed out that 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 construction of the N5 Longford Bypass will remove this bottle neck and reduce average journey times by approximately 8 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 5000 vehicles per day including a significant number of heavy goods vehicles.
Longford County Manager, Mr Tim Caffrey explained that the process involved in planning and implementing a major capital road project like the N5 Longford Bypass presents challenges but these have been overcome and now the project will proceed to the construction stage. He wished, together with the Mayor and Elected Members of Longford County Council, to take this opportunity to thank the land and property owners directly affected by the Bypass for their good will and cooperation.
The need for the Scheme was identified in the National Roads Needs Study 1998 and in subsequent National Development Plans, County Development Plans and Transport 21. The project implementation is being managed by the Roscommon National Roads Design Office on behalf of Longford County Council and in close cooperation with the NRA.
The procurement process commenced in May 2010 with the publication of a Contract notice and has recently concluded with the selection of a preferred bidder. The successful Tenderer is Wills Brothers Ltd., Ballylahan Bridge, Foxford, Co Mayo who will design, execute and complete the project. The Contract was formally signed today, (March 21st) and it is anticipated that site works will commence in April. The Project duration will be18 months.
The N5 Longford Bypass Road Project 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; 2 No. at-grade roundabouts on the N4 and N5, a Rail Bridge, River Camlin Bridge and a Bridge over the Lisbrack road.