November start date for bypasses
Work on the Enniscorthy and New Ross bypasses is due to begin in November.
Director of Services with Wexford County Council's Roads Department, Eamonn Hore told this newspaper that the contracts will be signed in the first or second week of October and work will begin shortly afterwards.
Mr Hore said: 'All preliminary works are completed and work should start in November. The timeline has gone from vague to definite and the contracts should be signed now in the first or second week of October. All court and property issues have been finalised. There is nothing remaining to be done apart from signing the contracts.'
BAM PPP PGGM and Iridium consortium were announced as the preferred tenderers for the new bypasses - which are expected to cost in excess of €600m - earlier this year. As well as being responsible for constructing the schemes, the consortium will be responsible for their operation and maintenance over a 25 year period.
The N25 New Ross Bypass is approximately 14 km in length and includes what will be the longest bridge in Ireland, extending 900m over the River Barrow to the south of New Ross. It is expected to have a new roundabout at the Campile road junction and to take 30 months to complete.
The M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP Scheme is approximately 41 km in length, incorporating a new 27 km motorway and tie-in to the east of Enniscorthy, an 8 km single carriageway bypass to the west of Enniscorthy, a 4 km dual carriageway section linking the N30 and N80 that crosses the River Slaney, and associated side road improvements. It is expected to take three years to complete. The construction of the two schemes will result in the alleviation of severe traffic bottlenecks. 300 jobs are expected to be created on the New Ross project, with over 400 jobs being created on the Gorey to Enniscorthy bypass.