Ballaghaderreen Bypass :: Geoscience Ireland Award

J. B. Barry and Partners have won the Geoscience Ireland Award 2015 for our involvement on the Ballaghaderreen Bypass. The project utilised innovation and was managed in an organised and objective based manner from concept to completion. The Client, Consultants and Contractors involved proved their worth by setting a high bar for how infrastructure projects should be delivered going forward to minimise the effect on the environment.

Roscommon County Council must be commended for their forward planning on this project. RCC purchased and applied for planning permission for land adjacent to the road to be utilised as material recovery areas. This enabled J. B. Barry and Partners, and later the contractor, to utilise their engineering knowledge and expertise to balance the geotechnical elements of the project.

The Bypass of Ballaghaderreen is approximately 13.5 kilometres long, single carriageway National Primary road which commences in the townland of Currinah, and terminates in the townland of Rathkeery. The purpose of the scheme was to fulfil the following objectives:

  • Remove through traffic, including heavy commercial vehicles from Ballaghaderreen town;
  • Reduce journey times and improve road safety along the N5;
  • Reduce congestion, thereby improving the environment of Ballaghaderreen town; and
  • A grade separated junction with the R293 Regional Road, to the north of Ballaghaderreen. This will serve as the main N5 access point to and from Ballaghaderreen town.

Positive planning at preliminary design stage, sustainable earthworks design incorporating on site material recovery areas and reducing the impact of road construction on the environment were the key factors in the success of this project.

09st November 2015
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