N22 Baile Bhuirne to Macroom Road Development (Cork Co. Council Press Release).
In 2020, Cork County Council awarded a construction contract for the N22 Ballyvourney Macroom Road. The contract was granted to Jons Civil Engineering Company Ltd and John Cradock Ltd. The construction period is expected to take up to 3.5 years.
The road was subject to legal challenges due to the environmental and historic damage it will cause, but this petered out in 2013. The road runs by the ancient abbey of St. Gobnet (and through the old wood, also an environmental haven) which lies directly in the path of the road) and is just 60 metres away from a four-storey castle, built in 1436 by Donal McCarthy of Drishane.
The road is 22 km road from the Macroom, (Cork) bypassing the Town of Macroom, the villages of, Baile Mhic Íre and Baile Bhuirne, the "infamous" Ballyvourney bends, to west of Baile Mhic Íre itself and before Kerry county.
The N22 Baile Bhuirne to Macroom Road Development will see the construction of a 22km Dual Carriageway constructed offline of the existing N22. There are interfaces between the new road development and the existing N22 at the eastern and western termini as well as two crossings of the existing road. The road will cross a land-locked section of the Inniscarra Resevoir to the south east of Macroom.
"The N22 Baile Bhuirne to Macroom Road Development, representing an investment of €280 million in County Cork, is progressing since construction commenced in earnest in early 2020. Works on the 22km scheme are well underway, with the dual carriageway and associated structures being constructed, largely offline through challenging terrain.
The 121-metre bridge journeyed from Seville to the Gaeltacht Mhuscraí. With many months of planning, it took a total of twenty trucks to bring the structure to site, eight of which were abnormal loads requiring skilled drivers and Garda escorts. Beams for the bridge were manufactured by Tecade SA in Seville, Spain and shipped to the Port of Cork for onward delivery to the Bohill River with the beams then assembled to form a two-span 121-metre-long structure to be “pushed launched” over the River Bohill to form 80.5 and 40.5 metre spans.
On March 4th 2021, a 90m bridge section weighing 770 tonnes, assembled on the riverbank, was pulled into position by specialist push launch contractors Mammoet using temporary steel piers and Teflon pads. The remaining 31metres will be constructed on site and pulled into place in approximately three weeks’ time. The beams are expected to be fully in place in April 2021.
“Cork County Council is delighted to have reached a stage where people in the locality can see key elements of the project progressing. The construction of the Bohill Bridge was always going to be one of the most challenging structures to build, particularly given the confined nature of the site. Great credit is due to the contractor and the wider project team for successfully reaching this point.” The N22 Baile Bhuirne to Macroom Road Development is a critical transport infrastructure project and continues to progress under Level 5 restrictions with the appropriate control measures in place."
2013 Court Decision - https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-20237734.html
St. Gobnet's Wood - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Gobnet%27s_Wood
N22 - https://www.corkrdo.ie/major-schemes/forbairt-bothair-n22-baile-bhuirne-maigh-chromtha/
Cork Co. Council Press Release - https://www.corkcoco.ie/en/news/n22-abha-na-biochaille-bohill-river-bridge