Castleisland bypass update

21 Jan

There’s hope that work may start this year on the Castleisland Bypass – despite the project being put on hold in the budget. Five contractors have put in tenders to build the five kilometre road. The National Roads Authority – which finances such projects – officially opened the tenders last week which are now being assessed. It is understood that the five bids are all well under the projected cost of the bypass, which, last year, was estimated at an overall cost of 27 million euro. And it’s hoped this means that work will start on the bypass this year despite it being shelved in last October’s budget when the Minister for Transport said it would not go ahead until at least 2010. Deputies Jackie Healy-Rae and Tom Sheahan have welcomed the news and said they would continue to lobby the Government for funding.


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