Construction of the Moycullen Bypass, first flagged in the 1970s, and granted planning permission in 2012, will begin in November.
Wills Bros Ltd, based in Mayo, have been awarded the contract for construction, which will take c24 months to complete and cost in the region of €35 million. It will consist of 4.3km of national secondary road; two roundabouts at either end of Moycullen; a re-alignment of the Tullykyne Road; a flyover at Cloughaun; and lighting in the vicinity of the roundabouts.
There will also be two access points to the village, at Clydagh and Drimcong. Fine Gael senator Seán Kyne said the road should “remove hundreds of trucks and heavy goods vehicles from the village each day”.
He said it should also see benefits for locals in that the “regular tailbacks of traffic at either side of the village” will now be “a thing of the past”, cutting journey times at peak traffic.
Fears that the bypass would see a decline in activity and engagement with Moycullen were unfounded, according to Sen Kyne [pictured above], as due to the village’s proximity to Galway, it “will continue to grow”.
“The bypass will improve quality of life in the village and will improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and residents.,” he said, and pledged to continue to source funding for investment in village facilities and streetscape to “add to the attraction of Moycullen as a place to live, work and visit”.