Works north of Hughes Bridge in Sligo among those planned by County Council

Sligo County Council hopes to be able to seek tenders by the first quarter of next year for roadworks that will take in some of the busiest junctions in Sligo town.

The work is for improvements north of Hughes Bridge in Sligo town, which was recently widened.

Meanwhile, a preferred route is expected to be selected by April this year for the N16 Sligo to Manorhamilton road.

This will then enable the selection of a minor scheme on that route to be planned.

These are among numerous schemes outlined in a detailed roads and infrastructure report to councillors this month.

Almost €19m has been allocated to Sligo County Council for the improvement and maintenance of public roads in the county this year.

Most attention so far has been on the seven and a half million euro allocated to the N4 Sligo/Dublin road from Collooney to Castlebaldwin and on the Eastern Garavogue Bridge and approach roads.

But there’s numerous other roads of all kinds throughout the county on which either actual work or plans for future work is being done.

For example, a route is being selected for the full length of the N16 road from Sligo to Manorhamilton.
Thirteen route options have now been narrowed down to four.

The preferred route is expected to be selected by April this year.

Work is also ongoing on planning for improvements and widening of the N4/N15 north of Hughes Bridge, outside Sligo town.

This will take in junctions with roads leading to Rosses Point, Duck Street/Ash Lane and Markievicz Road.

This is a follow-on from the recent completion of the widening of Hughes Bridge.

The council hopes to be able to go to tender for these works by the first quarter of next year, subject to funding.

Planning and design work is continuing on a proposed five kilometre of the N59 Sligo to Ballina road from Corhownagh Church to the Hungry Rock junction.

The council has been allocated just over €290,000 this year for repair of bridges.

They include the Shooting Lodge Bridge on the Lough Easkey road, the Cloondrihara West Bridge at Cloonacool, the Gortygara Bridge between Gurteen and Tubbercurry, Crawhill and Knockroe bridges in Geevagh and Rathmadder Bridge in Gurteen.

Meanwhile, work on infrastructure in the county also takes in piers and harbours, coastal protection, burial grounds, beach maintenance and public lighting.