The proposed N22 Macroom to Ballyvourney Bypass Project will consist of a 22km long section of new national primary road bypassing both Macroom and Ballyvourney. The new route will leave the existing N22 at Coolcower, east of Macroom and re-join the N22 at Slievereagh, west of Ballyvourney. The proposed route crosses the existing N22 at Carrigaphooca townland and again at Coolnacaheragh townland – the attached photograph shows traffic on the existing N22 at what will ultimately be an overbridge location for the new road at Coolnacaheragh townland.
Advance Works on the Project progressed well during 2017 and these will continue over the coming months. To date, initial Fencing Works have been completed, Ground Investigation Works have reached substantial completion along the entire route and Archaeological Investigations are well advanced along the entire route. Environmental Mitigation Works including Kerry Slug Habitat Creation Works and Sediment Control Works have also been progressed and again these will continue over the coming months.
The purpose of the various Advance Work items is to prepare the site for the Main Works Contract and to eliminate potential sources of delay to these Main Works when they get underway. It is still anticipated that the initial Works will be sufficiently well-advanced by the end of quarter 1 of this year to allow the Main Contract Works to progress to tender stage, subject to availability of funding.