Ahead of work getting underway on the Irish Government’s proposed EUR450million upgrade of the N5 carriageway that links Dublin through the midlands to the popular tourist regions dotted along the north-west coast, lead contractor on the project, Mayo-based civil works contractor, Wills Bros of Foxford has augmented its already extensive equipment portfolio with investment in an additional number of Komatsu-branded machines, all for use on the project.

Ready for Action: Pictured on site at the €450 million upgrade to the Roscommon section of the main N5 carriageway on which Wills Bros are lead contractor is a Komatsu HM400-5 articulated dump truck, one of a number supplied to them by Komatsu distributor, McHale Plant Sales.


Described by their supplier, Komatsu distributor in Ireland, McHale Plant Sales’ chairman, Michael McHale as one of the “most significant investments” in plant and equipment made in Ireland in recent times.

“Their purchase is one that underlines the status of Wills Bros as one of the finest and best-resourced civil works contractors in Ireland, whose work is also well known through leading projects completed by them elsewhere in Europe and the UK,” McHale said.

Komatsu equipment included in this latest EURO multi-million fleet enlargement are three D85PX-18 dozers, a HB365LC Hybrid excavator, two wide-track, low ground pressure PC170 LGP excavators, and a double-digit mix of HM300-5 and HM400-5 ADTs, all of which will integrate alongside other Komatsu units within the Willis Bros fleet.

The Push Is On: A
Komatsu D85PX dozer – one of a number supplied by McHale Plant Sales to Wills
Bros of Foxford pictured before going into service on the €450 million N5
carriageway upgrade.

 Scheduled to take up to four years to complete, the project is described by Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Eamonn Ryan TD as replacement for ‘one of the most treacherous sections of primary road in Ireland’.

“When completed, it will improve road user safety, enhance regional accessibility, and better the connectivity between Dublin and the northern and western regions of the country,” Minister Ryan added.

Ready for Action: A
Komatsu HM300-5 articulated dump truck – one of a number purchased by Wills
Bros of Foxford for work on the €450 million N5 carriageway upgrade – pictured
ahead of delivery by Komatsu distributor, McHale Plant Sales to the €450 million
upgrade of the Roscommon section on the main N5 carriageway to which Wills Bros
are lead contractors.

Welcomed by politicians and local tourist and commercial interests, the project involves the construction of approximately 34kms of new single carriageway road that will extend from the existing N5 Ballaghaderreen Bypass to the townland of Scramoge in Co. Roscommon, bypassing the towns and villages of Frenchpark, Bellanagare, Tulsk and Strokestown. Where the route meets access points to these locations, provision will be made for pedestrian and cyclist facilities.