Saturday 7 December 2019
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O’Shea Welcomes Signing of Construction Contracts for N22 Baile Bhuirne to Macroom 

O’Shea Welcomes Signing of Construction Contracts for N22 Baile Bhuirne to Macroom 

Cork North West Fine Gael General Election candidate Councillor John Paul O’Shea has welcomed the signing of contracts for the construction of the long-awaited Baile Bhuirne to Macroom Road Development. 

On Friday, November 29th Cork County Council signed contracts with two Irish firms, Jon Civil Engineering Ltd and John Cradock Ltd, signalling the expected commencement of works before the end of the years. 

Cork County Council has signed contracts with two Irish firms, Jon Civil Engineering Ltd and John Cradock Ltd, for the construction of the long-awaited Baile Bhuirne to Macroom Road Development, signalling the expected commencement of works before the end of the year.  

With funding approved by Government last month and a total budget of €280 million, the development is expected to take between three to four years to complete. 

The 22km of new road commencing at the Cork side of Macroom at Coolcower, will bypass the town of Macroom, the villages of Baile Mhic Íre and Baile Bhuirne, the infamous ‘Ballyvourney Bends’, and will finish west of Baile Bhuirne before the County Bounds with Kerry. 

The development is expected to bring a significant economic boost to the area during the construction phase and in the longer term reduce journey time in the region, improve access to rural areas and greatly enhance quality of life for people living in and around Macroom.   

Cllr. O’Shea commented: “I am delighted to see this long-awaited project progress to this stage and look forward greatly to the imminent commencement of the construction phase. Once complete, this project will bring about a significant improvement in road safety, journey times, connectivity between Cork and Kerry, and free up congestion in MacroomBaile Mhic ÍreBaile Bhuirne and surrounding areas. 

Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey commented, “Signing the N22 Macroom By Pass contract marks a significant step for the Cork Kerry region. Advancing such a major piece of strategic infrastructure to this point is a complex process and this is an extremely important development for the entire region. The construction phase will mean an economic boost locally and substantial social and economic benefits for the future.  

“Preparatory works by engineers including ground investigations and archaeological excavations have been carried out and the route is primed for construction. Now that the construction contracts are signed, the commencement of this long awaited and critically important infrastructural scheme and the largest single investment by government in this region to date will soon begin.” 

Chief Executive Officer of Transport Infrastructure Ireland Michael Nolan went on to say: “Today’s contract signing highlights the importance of delivering on needed national road infrastructure improvements for both the Cork and Kerry regions.”