Construction of the long-awaited Moycullen Bypass will begin next month, local Senator Seán Kyne has said.
Mayo-based Wills Bros. Ltd. has been awarded the contract for construction of the bypass which will take approximately 24 months to complete, costing around €35 million.
The bypass, first flagged in the 1970s and for which planning permission was received in 2012, consists of 4.3km of National Secondary Road and will include two roundabouts at either end of the village.
There will also be re-alignment of the Tullykyne Road and a flyover of the new bypass at Cloughaun as well as lighting in the vicinity of the roundabouts.
The bypass will include two access points to the village, at Clydagh and Drimcong and will remove hundreds of trucks and heavy goods vehicles from the village each day.
Senator Kyne said that Moycullen, due to its proximity to Galway, will continue to grow and “the bypass will improve quality of life in the village and will improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and residents.”
“I will continue to source funding for investment in village facilities and streetscape which will add to the attraction of Moycullen as a place to live, work and visit,” he said.
“Communities west of Moycullen will also benefit greatly from the bypass as it will mean the regular tailbacks of traffic at either side of the village will now be a thing of the past, cutting journey times at peak traffic.
“I would like to thank all those involved, especially the staff in the Roads Department in Galway County Council, for getting this very important project over the line.”