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08 Aug 2022

Delays blamed for €23.8m rise in Kildare road projects price

Infrastructure: The M7 widening, Sallins bypass and interchange proceeded as a single project

Delays blamed for €23.8m rise in Kildare road projects price

The M7 as work took place to create three lanes

A number of unforeseen delays contributed to an increase of almost 40% in the cost of providing motorway infrastructure and the bypass of Sallins.

The Mail On Sunday reported last weekend that the M7 widening scheme, the Sallins bypass and the Osberstown interchange (junction 9A) have cost in the region of €85.5m, which is an increase of nearly €24m over the original contract figure.

The outcome confirms speculation within local authority circles prior to the completion that the project would not be completed within budget.

The project was beset by delays.

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Nevertheless North Kildare TD Catherine Murphy said the cost overruns are surprising and disappointing given Kildare County Council’s long experience with major projects (the Naas bypass was the first motorway constructed within the State).

The MoS, reported that the Local Government Audit Service attributed the spiralling costs of dispute .

However Kildare County Council pointed the finger at unforeseen delays.

The contract between SIAC Colas JV and Kildare County Council involved three parties — the Department of Transport, TII and Kildare County Council.

KCC said that the contract makes provision for compensation events and for additional works to be instructed.

There were several instructions issued over the course of the works.

Additionally, upgrading the existing M7 carriageway to three lanes during live traffic required significant traffic management operations and the project experienced multiple delays due to this challenge.

Also, the Osberstown interchange and Sallins bypass sections of the project involved the construction of a new interchange over live motorway traffic which created additional complexities.

Finally, there were also accommodation works involving multiple stakeholders and adapting to their required timelines caused unforeseen delays.

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