Progress is being made on works for the N73 and the Mallow Relief Road. The work on the N73 near Shanballymore will alleviate one of the major bottlenecks on the road. This stretch of the N73 is notoriously narrow, and the scheme to widen the road will make it safer for all who use it. The final documents are being prepared by the consultants to put the works out to tender. This is welcome news for those who have been advocating for this work over the last number of years.
In relation to the Mallow Relief Road, O’Driscoll the tendering process has begun for appointing consultants to undertake the feasibility study, route selection and design. The tender is only open to prequalified consultants. Once they have been appointed the study, route selection and design stages will progress. This has been a slow process, and a frustrating one for those living and working in Mallow.
Too many declarations and promises have been made over the years in relation to this scheme. I along with Fine Gael councillors representing Mallow have been urging the Government to prioritise this work to alleviate the traffic congestion in Mallow, and we raised it directly with Minister Paschal Donohoe when he visited in March. We will continue to work for this to be delivered within the timeframe that has been promised under the capital expenditure programme.