Relief as Minister for Transport commits to further funding for N4 upgrade

Work is expected to be able to start on the N4 in early 2019 after the Minister for Transport finally confirmed funding to progress the project this week.

Sligo Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin says that he’s reassured to see that the Minister included the N4 upgrade between Castlebaldwin and Collooney in the details of his speech yesterday.

Today, Sligo Leitrim FG TD Tony McLoughlin confirmed that the project can now go to tender next year with a view to work starting in 2019:

The road has been a blackspot for road fatalities over the past 30 years which led to the setting up of the N4 Action group.

Under the leadership of its Chairperson Bernard Mulhearn who lives along this dangerous stretch of road they set up a campaign which got national headlines for erecting crosses at the different points along the route where people lost their lives over the years.

Speaking to Ocean FM News today, Mr. Mulhearn says he is delighted with the commitment for work to continue and for building work to start in 2019:

€17 million euro has already been spent on preparatory work on the road which is now at stage five of a seven stage process.

The whole project will cost around €100m and will be one of the biggest infrastructural projects in county Sligo ever.

Sligo County Council has been working to ensure that all the plans are fast-tracked to secure the money they need when it becomes available.

Bernard Mulhearn told Ocean FM News today that people living near the new route can see the work that has been done and he says today is a good time to remember those that have lost their lives along the route: