Friday 27th September 2013
Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring has officially opened the new Kilbride section of the N59 Westport to Mulranny road.
The Westport to Mulranny section of the N59 serves as the main access route for tourists visiting Westport, Newport, Mulranny, Achill Island and north to Belmullet, Erris and the Céide Fields in North Mayo. It serves the Gaeltacht areas of Acaill (Achill) and Iorrais (Erris).
Speaking at the Event Minister Ring said: “I am glad to be here at the official opening of the Kilbride section of the N59. With roads expenditure being scaled back it is important that key strategic improvements continue to improve access for tourism and other road users. These include the Great Western Greenway, which recently won first prize in the Exemplary Initiatives category at the 6th European Greenways Awards Ceremony.”
This road project, in conjunction with the Great Western Greenway and the enhancements proposed under this project, will provide an improved transport link to this region and will boost economic growth and employment, particularly in the area of tourism. As part of the scheme, a cycle track will be provided in certain areas in conjunction with the Great Western Greenway which will have a positive effect on both the quality and safety of the road for Non-Motorised Users.
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An early construction section, the Kilbride Section, was identified in 2011. The N59 Kilbride Road Improvement Project of the existing N59 National Secondary Route provided for the construction of a Type 3 single carriageway road (6.0m carriageway road with 0.5m hard strips and verges of approximately 2.0m to 3.0m) and the construction of a cycle way 2.5m wide alongside the improved N59 for a distance of approximately 1.95km, which completed the last section of the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Newport.