The new contract for the N5 by-pass project in Roscommon is expected to be signed in the opening months of next year.

That’s according to Fianna Fail Senator Eugene Murphy, who says there will be safety measures put in place at pinch-points along the route.

The 33km upgrade of the route between Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue ground to a halt earlier this year after contractor Roadbridge collapsed amid financial difficulties.

The project has reentered the tendering stage and Junior Minister Pippa Hackett confirmed to Senator Murphy that a number of parties have expressed desires to be considered.

It's anticipated that the construction of the main scheme will take three years.

In addition, a feasibility study and options report has been received for a safety scheme at the junction of the N5 and the R361 at Frenchpark.

Senator Eugene Murphy told Midwest News that the project’s completion date is likely to have been pushed back by a year.