N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin road project to open this month

The N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin dual carriageway is set to open to traffic by the third or fourth week of August with the official opening planned for late September.

The €80m construction project is one of the largest of it’s kind in the country that aims to make the route safer and more efficient.

A construction contract was awarded to Roadbridge Ltd. in January 2019 to carry out the project along approximately 14.7km of the N4 National Primary Route.

It passes through a number of areas such as Rathrippin, Collooney, Mullaghnabreena, Cloonamahan, Drumfin and Castlebaldwin with 12 bridges as part of the scheme.

Before works began, a range of archaeological and ecological surveys were carried out with some continuing at different areas of the site for the foreseeable future.

Emer Concannon is the Acting Director of Services with Sligo County Council says plans for a project like this has been in the works in some form for the last 20 years.

She gives an idea of what people can expect when the route opens to motorists before the end of the month.

Emer also highlights that the project is the first of it’s kind to be completed nationally under the Governments Project Ireland 2040.

She says the project is about creating a safer route and promoting regional development and safer driving.