The first steps in the Realignment of the N26 project at Cloongullane Bridge, Swinford, have begun ahead of schedule, according to Mayo County Council.
The 2km long project, which was approved by An Bord Pleanála in December 2018 and is being managed by Pat Staunton, Senior Executive Engineer with the National Roads Office, Mayo County Council, will include a new 83m span bridge over the River Moy. The bridge is described as a vital piece of infrastructure for the development of the North Mayo area and for road safety.
Mayo County Council are liaising with local landowners regarding the land acquisition process. Site clearance and archaeological testing started in April, using an in-house team from Mayo County Council. The works are under ecological supervision due to the proximity to the sensitive River Moy Special Area of Conservation (SAC ) and detailed topographical surveys are underway. Preparations are also being made to divert utilities/services away from the road corridor.
Consultants Roughan O’Donovan-AECOM are carrying out the detailed design of the road scheme and the Moy Bridge as well as other river culverts and are preparing contract documents for the main contract. The main contract is expected to go to tender in November 2019, with a start date on site in the Spring of 2020.