Local TD and Government Chief Whip, Hildegarde Naughton and Seantor Sean Kyne, have confirmed that the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, will officially open the new N59 Moycullen Bypass on December 11. In January, 2022, Minister Naughton had turned the sod on the project which involved the construction of 4.3km of new national secondary road, improvement to 3km of local roads, 1.7 km of accommodation roads and 10 structures.
She said she this new €35 million project, completed on time and within budget, will significantly improve safety in Moycullen.
“There are 13,000 vehicles going through Moycullen every day including 450 HGVs. This bypass will make the village a lot safer for pedestrians and cyclists, ” Minister Naughton said.
“Moycullen is the gateway to Connemara and will help commuters from Oughterard and the wider Connemara area coming into Galway City. The bypass will also benefit students attending NUI Galway and GMIT, family members travelling for hospital appointments, tourists and people going to work or to the shops each week,” the Minister noted.
“This project will decongest the village of Moycullen and allow it to grow and prosper without the inherent danger of heavy goods traffic on its roads. It is a good-news story for Moycullen and the wider Connemara region.”
MOycullen-based Senator Seán Kyne welcomed the Taoiseach’s visit for the opening said that the area will benefit greatly from the bypass.
“Removing heavy traffic will make the village a more comfortable and safer place for local people who have had to put up with noise and traffic congestion for years. It will remove the tailbacks morning and evening which had become an unwelcome feature of life in Moycullen.
“The bypass will also mean cars who don’t want to travel through Moycullen can avoid the village. It will make it easier for those who wish to do business, visit or socialise in Moycullen to access it.
“As well as making Moycullen safer and less congested, it will make a great difference to communities in Roscahill and Oughterard and beyond, particularly going home in the evenings as there will be less congestion.”
Senator Kyne welcomed the commitment of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar to this project.
“Leo was Minister for Transport when this project received planning permission and he prioritised the first phase of the project with Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the N59 upgrade into Moycullen from Clydagh. This section was completed in 2016 and has improved safety and allowed for a number of houses to be brought back into use and new developments along the road, as there is now footpath access into the village.”
The official handover from the contractor to Galway County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland is scheduled for December 7. Over the coming weeks any minor issues and snags along the bypass will be rectified, before the handover.