Westmeath County Council is the Roads Authority for the public road network in the County and the Transportation and Forward Planning Section together with the Strategic Policy Committee and the full Council establish the policy for roads in the County. It is continually working to maintain and upgrade these roads.
Major Improvements of National routes is overseen by the Westmeath NRDO Project Office, Cullionbeg, Mullingar. Further detailed information on these projects is available from the Westmeath County Council Project Office website.
The project below is funded by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan.
R916 Garrycastle Bridge Realignment Scheme
The existing R916 at Garrycastle, Athlone is an important distributor road that connects the N55 at Cornamaddy with the R446 Old Dublin Road. The R916 has been realigned over most of its length with the exception of the section in the vicinity of Garrycastle Railway Bridge (OB 6103). The proposed R916 Garrycastle Bridge Realignment Scheme is intended to complete the upgrading of the R916. The scheme comprises 700 meters, approximately, of new single carriageway road, connecting to the existing road at two roundabout junctions, one at the southern scheme extent and one at the northern scheme end. It will cross the railway line from Mullingar to Athlone on a new bridge over the railway. The scheme will also include the provision of new cycleways, footpaths & lighting along the proposed road.