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03 March 2016

N25 New Ross Bypass PPP achieves financial close, Republic of Ireland

The €230 million N25 New Ross Bypass public-private partnership (PPP) project in County Wexford, Republic of Ireland has reached financial close and the contract has been awarded by the National Roads Authority (NRA), otherwise known as Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). Mott MacDonald is technical advisor to the NRA/TII on the scheme.

The scheme involves the construction of 13.6km of new dual carriageway and 1.2km of new or upgraded single carriageway. It will also link the N25 with the N30 New Ross to Enniscorthy route. Additionally, a new 900m three tower extrados bridge crossing over the River Barrow, what will be the longest of its kind in the world, will be built connecting Pink Point in County Kilkenny with Stokestown in County Wexford.

Mott MacDonald has been involved in the project since the original feasibility study in 1999, bringing the project successfully through all stages from feasibility, through route selection and preliminary design, to tender preparation and specimen design. The consultancy will now provide design review and construction monitoring services in an ongoing role.

John Murphy, Mott MacDonald’s project director, said: “As well as improving safety, the new bypass will remove a major bottleneck in the south east and ease congestion in New Ross. Once complete, the scheme will also boost regional and national connectivity for all road users along the entire N25 road.”

“Our work on this scheme builds on our role on the award-winning N25 Waterford Bypass following its opening in 2009,” John added.

Construction of the N25 New Ross Bypass is due to be completed in 2019, which will be followed by a 25-year operation and maintenance period.

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