Work begins on major Limerick road project following contract signing

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Work begins on major Limerick road project following contract signing

Mayor Michael Collins pictured with Emily Alfred, MRG/ROD, Consulting Engineers | PICTURE: Liam Burke/Press 22

CONSTRUCTION of the Coonagh to Knockalisheen Road has begun after the Department of Transport gave the go-ahead for the multi-million euro project.

Limerick City and County Council has appointed Roadbridge for the contract following a competitive tendering process for the project costing around €29 million.

The overall cost of the project will be in the region of €58 million and involves the construction of a new distributor road between Coonagh Roundabout on the Ennis Road and the Knockalisheen Road in the Moyross area on the northside of the city.

There was public outcry earlier this year when Minister Eamon Ryan suggested he might not sign off on the long-awaited project. However, following consultation with local stakeholders, he confirmed it would go ahead.

The new road is a key element of the Limerick Regeneration Framework Implementation Plan and the works will comprise of the 2.2 kms of new urban dual carriageway with footpaths and cycleways; 600 metres of new urban single carriageway road with footpaths and cycleways and 2 kms of major improvements to an existing urban single carriageway road.

The project, which will take 33 months to complete, also includes two bridges over the Limerick to Galway railway line, three new roundabouts and two traffic signal-controlled junctions.

Speaking at the contract signing, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins said: “This is a very important step in the delivery of the Limerick Regeneration programme. It has been a long time in the planning and it will be worth the wait for the community of Moyross and the wider northside of the city. It will also ask as a catalyst for the improvement in economic and social developments along the route, which will be of huge benefit once the recovery from the pandemic gets underway.

Seamus Hanrahan, Director of Capital Investment with Limerick City and County Council added: “The commencement of the main contract is very welcome as it will dramatically improve connectivity on the northside of Limerick city and increase accessibility to a range of retail, education and employment services. This project has received strong wide-ranging support and its delivery is a cornerstone of the regeneration of Moyross.”

Paraic McCarthy, Project Manager at Roadbridge said: “Roadbridge are delighted to have been awarded the contract to construct the Coonagh to Knockalisheen Distributor Road Scheme. As a global multi-disciplined civil engineering company, with our head office here in Limerick, we are looking forward to working with Limerick City and County Council, Clare County Council, the local community, and all stakeholders to deliver this critical infrastructure for the growth of Limerick city and the wider region.”