Adare bypass to speed ahead with final plan to be lodged with An Bord Pleanála

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

'A significant step forward': Niall Collins TD

'A significant step forward': Niall Collins TD

PLANNING permission for the Adare by-pass is now expected to be lodged with An Bord Pleanála in the first quarter of 2019.

The final design for the new road, linking the M21  and Foynes and by-passing Adare, has been completed and public representatives were briefed on the matter earlier this week.

“This is a significant step forward. It is significant progress,” Niall Collins TD said this Wednesday when he welcomed the announcement that the design was ready to go to An Bord Pleanála. “It has been a long process of engagement with community to get to this stage.”

He anticipated the planning permission process could take up to 18 months, to allow for any objections and/or oral hearings, before the next stages of procuring land and going to tender could even begin. But he said: “What is needed now is a firm commitment on funding for this important project.”

The final design shows the new road diverging from the N21 east of Adare with a new junction to the north of the Lantern Lodge and a flyover over Kilgobbin Road. A  new bridge will cross the Maigue on what is now known as Station Road in Adare and continue west, with a junction for Croagh east of the village.

The road will veer north before it reaches Rathkeale. The design also includes details of a truck park at Foynes.

Since the last design update in May, consultations have continued with landowners and other interested parties and further environmental surveys have been carried out. The main changes involve the heavy goods vehicle rest area in Foynes and alterations to access routes. The amount of land indicated for the project has also been refined.

But, public representatives were told, work will now continue to complete the Environmental Impact Assessment and other statutory documents.

The final design update drawings are now available for viewing at the Mid West National Road Design Office or on www.foyneslimerick.ie. But they come with the caution that the drawings are indicative and may be subject to future change before being submitted to An Bord Pleanala.