Following a competitive tendering process, the contract for the construction of the N2 Phase 3 Road Realignment scheme between Corracrin and Emyvale has been awarded to Gibson Bros (Ireland) Ltd. Monaghan County Council signed a Contract with the contractor on Monday 14th May, 2018 to construct the project.
The scheme will entail the realignment of 3.3km of the N2 National Primary Road between Corracrin and Emyvale. The works will include the construction of a new widened carriageway, footpath, combined footway/cycleway, signage, roadmarkings, public lighting, road drainage works, safety barriers, landscaping and accommodation works.
Construction works will commence on Monday 21st May 2018, with the installation of Temporary Traffic and Pedestrian Management (TTPM) on the N2 carriageway. This will remain in-place for the duration of the scheme, a period of approximately 18 months. Every effort will be made to minimise any disruption or inconvenience to the local residents, businesses and community centres, and through-traffic.
The scheme has been an objective of Monaghan County Council for a number of years and with support and funding from Transport Infrastructure Ireland, (TII) and design by Consultants, Ove Arup & Partners Ireland Ltd, this objective can now be realised.
This scheme is a very important road improvement scheme for Monaghan and will significantly improve safety on the N2.
The overall N2 Monaghan to Emyvale Road Improvement project started in 2011 with the aim of improving road safety and travel quality on the existing N2 between Monaghan Town and Emyvale village. The project was undertaken in four phases to facilitate design, construction and multi-annual funding. The first phase was completed in 2011 and covered a distance of 1.5km between the townlands of Kilnadreen to Coolkill East directly north of Monaghan Town. The second and fourth phases were completed in 2014 and involved the easement/realignment and widening of 3.6km of the N2 between the townlands of Coolkill East and Corracrin. The current Corracrin to Emyvale phase, (phase 3) is the last section of these phased improvements.
Cathaoirleach Cathy Bennett welcomed the start of the works which will complete the improvement scheme which was commenced in 2011. Chief Executive Mr. Eamonn O’ Sullivan said that the project represented a major investment in the county’s road infrastructure. It would bring significant benefits on this busy stretch of road, which carries up to 8,000 vehicles each day, both in terms of safety for road users, and enhanced accessibility for businesses and visitors alike.