THE preferred route corridor for the Foynes to Limerick road has been unveiled by Limerick City and County Council, in tandem with Transportation Infrastructure Ireland.
The selected route from the four options is Route Corridor Option 3 (Orange), which runs from the N69 at Foynes towards the N21 at Rathkeale and will provide a much-needed bypass of Adare Village, before connecting to the existing M20 motorway into Limerick.
The preferred route corridor is 300m wide, within which the road alignment is likely to be developed.
Plans for the preferred route corridor will now go on public display, with various sessions taking place in the city and Foynes over the next two days - details of which are included below.
Kieran Lehane, Director, Transportation and Travel with the Council, said the project will support the envisaged expansion of Foynes port, regulations for which require a high quality road connection.
Public consultation took place in relation to four route corridor options in March of this year, with the assessment taking place under various headings, including economy, safety, environment and accessibility.
Mr Lehane stated that the purpose of the public display sessions was to “inform the public of the preferred route corridor and to afford the opportunity for the public to engage in the process and to raise questions, concerns and comments for consideration as part of the detailed design of the road alignment within the preferred route corridor”.
Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins welcomed the fact that the route chosen will incorporate the very much needed Adare Bypass, but stressed that it was “now incumbent on the Council and NRA/Transport Ireland to immediately engage with the communities living in and adjacent to the chosen route corridor”.
“This new road will have a significant impact on many communities and it’s imperative that people are involved at every stage in order to minimise the impact both in the short term and long term. People and communities must be treated with respect throughout this complex process,” he said.
“Commuters from across West Limerick will be pleased that there now is a firm plan to bypass Adare and that the notorious traffic tail backs and queues will soon be a thing of the past. The Government must now immediately make the necessary funding available to deliver this bypass and new road in the shortest possible timescale.”
The public sessions will take place in the South Court Hotel, Raheen, today from 2pm to 8pm and at the Flying Boat and Maritime Museum in Foynes tomorrow Wednesday, December 2 from 2pm to 8pm.
Drawings and a brochure outlining the preferred route corridor are available at the public display sessions and from the Mid West National Road Design Office in Lissanalta House, Dooradoyle and the project website. The closing date for receipt of comments on the preferred route corridor is Friday, January 15, 2016.