The Minster for Agriculture Food & Marine, Cork North West TD, Michael Creed has confirmed cabinet have granted approval to Cork County Council to award the contract for the construction of the N22 Macroom-Baile Mhuirne bypass.
Commenting on the decision, Minister Creed stated, “It is a matter of great personal satisfaction, that at this week’s Cabinet meeting, my Government colleagues and I signed off on the award of the contract for the long awaited construction of the N22 Macroom bypass project.
“After decades of promises and false dawns the way is now clear to begin the construction of this vital piece of infrastructure for the region. Having campaigned throughout my political career for the development of this project, I am immensely proud to be in a position in Cabinet, to finally see this scheme through to construction and to deliver the largest level of investment ever seen to the area.”
Commenting on the benefits of the bypass, the Minister said; “this new bypass will deliver many significant benefits to the area. Increased road safety is an obvious priority. Reduced journey times, enhanced connectivity and the removal of congestion from Macroom town should all help to enhance the economic and social prospects of the town and its hinterland.”
Minister Creed concluded, “This three year build should commence shortly and I wish the contractors well with their work. The construction phase itself should provide an economic stimulus for the area. I wish to thank my Government colleagues for supporting this project and indeed public representatives of all parties and at all levels who have worked to bring this record level of investment in infrastructure to this point.”