The designs and tender documents are underway for safety barriers on the N65 near Kilmeen Cross, it has been confirmed.
The documents will be submitted to Galway County Council in mid-July.
Minister Ciaran Cannon confirmed that progress was being made and said that this is a huge step forward on the issue.
The Galway TD said he has been engaging with Transport Infrastructure Ireland for a number of months to ensure that safety barriers are installed ‘as a matter of urgency’.
“This route sees heavy traffic each day and while the works to resurface the section of the route known locally as the Bog Road have enhanced it considerably, the barriers are vital as the road is bounded on each side by a drop into drains and foliage”.
“I am delighted therefore to have received confirmation from TII that the risk assessments regarding the provision of safety barriers at this location are now complete,” said Ciaran Cannon.
Once the documents are submitted in mid-July, the Council will then procure a contractor for the works from TII’s framework and the works will be undertaken.
“This is a major step forward on the issue which will ensure that the correct safety infrastructure is in place for local communities and for motorists who use this route travelling between Portumna and Loughrea,” added Minister Cannon.