N56 Coolboy to Kilmacrennan Scheme Opens (Oct 8, 2019)
8th October 2019
Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Nicholas Crossan officially opened the €18.7m, N56 Coolboy to Kilmacrennan Scheme on Monday.
The 3.1km scheme is a key transport corridor to the north west of Donegal including Glenveagh National Park, Donegal Airport and the Gaeltacht.
BAM commenced works in January 2018 and completed the project in 18 months. Alongside the new road, a 2 metre shared footway/cycle track has been created on both sides of the road and it is hoped that this new shared track will be extended to Letterkenny.
The delivery of this scheme is a continuation of the N56 Mountaintop to Illistrin project completed in 2009. The original road had a narrow carriage way, no significant verge and a number of poorly aligned junctions, accesses and entrances. The new scheme involved the widening and realignment to a 7 metre carriageway with hard strips and verges.
In collaboration with this project, Irish Water constructed a new trunk watermain and distributor water mains serving Letterkenny and its environs adjacent to and along the N56.