Construction is expected to start next Summer on the long-awaited new bridge at Cloongullane on the N26 near Foxford, as Transport Infrastructure Ireland is allocating €2.5 million for the new bridge and road realignment project.
It's part of the €56 million funding package for national roads in Mayo next year, as announced this morning by Minister Michael Ring.
The upgrading of the N26 between Swinford and Ballina at Cloongullane Bridge has been delayed for years by planning issues relating to the River Moy SAC, but Senator Michelle Mulherin says these planning issues have been overcome, and the new bridge project is now shovel-ready.
With this allocation of €2.5 million from TII, she expects the project to go to tender early in the New Year, while €50,000 has also been allocated for a project appraisal of the new Ballina Orbital Route, to ease traffic congestion in the town.
Senator Mulherin has been giving Midwest News an update on both road projects.