Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring this week warmly welcomed the announcement by the National Roads Authority that further road works will take place on the N59 Rossow Bends at Kilmeena, Westport. The N59 Rossow Bends scheme, between Newport and Westport, is 1.8km in length and continues from the N59 Kilbride Scheme which was completed 2012. The Rossow Bends section is part of the overall N59 Westport to Mulranny Road Improvement Scheme.
Minister Ring said: “The existing road and junctions at Rossow are extremely deficient in cross section, alignment, and visibility. The Great Western Greenway runs close to and parallel to the N59 in this area and it crosses the N59 at-grade at this location, along a non-overtaking section of the road where visibility is deficient. The proposed road has type three single carriageway construction being constructed off-line, with a 2.5m wide cycleway alongside for 1.2km of its length. The scheme will remove the at-grade Greenway crossing at Kilmeena (replacing it with an underpass ) and improve six existing side road junctions.
“The work on this scheme will be carried out in 2015 and is part of the NRA’s spend of €60 million over the next three years. The scheme will generate positive safety, environmental, accessibility, social, and integration benefits,” concluded Minister Ring.