Welcome new Irish highway irons out the bends

Officials in Ireland this week opened an €18.7m stretch of new highway in Donegal County that straightened some dangerously tight corners.

BAM Contractors Ltd carried out the 18-month N56 Coolboy-to-Kilmacrennan Scheme, 3.1km in length, which saw the removal of the notorious ‘Blue Banks’ bends.

The old road had a narrow carriage way, no significant verge and a number of poorly aligned junctions, accesses and entrances. The new scheme has seen the widening and realignment to a 7-metre carriageway with hard strips and verges.

Ireland’s Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, officially opened the road on Monday, 7 October. 

Alongside the new road, a 2-metre shared footway/cycle track has been created on both sides.

RPS Consulting Engineers were the Designer and construction works were supervised on behalf of Donegal County Council by Barry Transportation. The Project was managed on behalf of Donegal County Council by the National Roads Office in Donegal Town.

Image: The N56 Coolboy-to-Kilmacrennan highway scheme (BAM Contractors Ltd)

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