Works to commence on the N16 Lugatober Road Realignment Scheme

Works to commence on the N16 Lugatober Road Realignment Scheme John Lucy, BAM Civil Limited; Cathaoirleach Councillor Michael Clarke; Martin Lydon, Chief Executive , Sligo County Council

BAM Civil Limited appointed as contractors for the realignment and upgrading of a 2.5km section of the existing N16 National Primary Road between Drumkilsellagh and Lugnagall townlands.

In attendance at County Hall were Councillor Michael Clarke, Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Martin Lydon, CE Sligo County Council and John Lucy, Bam Civil Limited.

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Councillor Michael Clarke, welcomed the commencement of these works, stating that this is a substantial investment in Sligo, which will significantly improve safety along a very sub-standard section of the N16 in County Sligo, along with providing facilities for cyclists.

The project, which is funded by Tranport Infrastructure Ireland, is being managed by the Sligo Regional Design Office in conjunction with Barry Transportation Limited.  The Total Scheme Budget is just over €28 million.

Benefits of the Project:

  • Improve safety, offer consistency in travel times and will allow for fuel efficiency;
  • Assist in meeting Sligo County Council’s Active Travel and Sustainable Transport objectives with the provision of dedicated facilities for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • Remove 19 existing direct accesses from the national primary route and improve visibility at all junction locations;
  • Provide a dedicated drainage system as part of the scheme which will remove flooding conditions that currently exist on the road surface.

Start date and How long?

Construction is expected to commence in the coming weeks, and will involve necessary traffic management arrangements.  Expected duration of the construction works is 20 months.

Background and Detail:

Upgrading and realignment of 2.54km of the existing N16 National Primary Road to Type 2 single carriageway standard.  Junction Improvements include the provision of a roundabout at the junction with the Drum Road and six simple T junctions, including two right/left staggered T Junctions.  Approximately 1.5km of the surrounding existing local road network will also be realigned and upgraded as part of the tie-in works.  The scheme also includes circa 1.5km of Vulnerable Road Users (Unsegregated cycle and pedestrian) tracks located predominately within the mainline verge space, interlinking as necessary with alternative offline routes.  There is one 15m clear span river bridge over the Tully Stream, one Vulnerable Road Users subway underpass and a number of culverts and associated diversions of existing minor watercourses and drainage ditches.

Significant earthworks operations include the construction of a large embankment of up to 18m in height, a large rock cutting up to 18m deep, and the use of a soil repository/borrow pit within the scheme extents.

Other works include site clearance, fencing and boundary treatment works, accommodation works, safety barriers, drainage and ducting, pavement, kerbing and paved areas, traffic signs and road markings, road lighting at roundabout, diversion of services and utilities and landscaping and other necessary environmental mitigation measures.

N16 Contract Signing2 Front row (Left to Right): John Lucy, BAM Civil Limited; Cathaoirleach Councillor Michael Clarke; Martin Lydon, Chief Executive , Sligo County Council
Middle row (Left to Right): Michelle Coyle SCC, Councillor Tom Fox , Councillor Tom Walsh, Councillor Rosaleen O’Grady, Councillor Paul Taylor, Councillor Marie Casserly, Emer Concannon, A/Director of Services, Councillor Gilroy, William Divers, BAM Civil Limited
Back row (Left to Right): Gary Lavelle, Project Liaison Officer, SCC, Kevin Crawley, Project Engineer, SCC, Bernard Scott, A/Senior Engineer, SCC, Joe O’Reilly, Barry Transportation, Tom Cannon, Barry Transportation, Tom Corcoran, Barry Transportation, Paul McGettigan, BAM Civil Limited.