Cllr Daniel Butler, This link road is a vital piece of infrastructure in terms of alleviating some of the heavy congestion in the area
AS one of Limerick city’s largest employers moves towards a significant expansion, a new link road in Mungret will also help to open up potential land developments.
Phase one of the Mungret Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (Mungret LIHAF) is expected to open this week, providing access to the development of 200 houses at Mungret Gate.
“This link road is a vital piece of infrastructure in terms of alleviating some of the heavy congestion in the area,” Metropolitan Mayor and Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler said.
Mungret and the surrounding areas have seen a number of significant recent developments, including the park, primary and secondary schools and sporting facilities, added cllr Butler, who is local to the area.
“Locally, Regeneron are moving towards significant expansion and the Crescent Shopping Centre has applied to expand also.”
Regeneron, which employs 1,200 staff in Limerick, is looking to expand its site by 240,000 square feet, more than half its current 400,000 square foot complex.
“My hope is the link road will land at the Loughmore Roundabout on the Patrickswell road allowing traffic from the Dock Road connect on to the motorway away from the current congestion areas,” he added.
“I am also delighted to announce that Limerick Council will be going for Part 8 planning for the next phase of the LIHAF road from the Mungret side where the primary schools are located,” he added.
This is “vital” for Mungret Community College, of which Cllr Butler is the chairperson of the school’s board of management, as it will allow access to the school’s site and keep the delivery of a new school building on schedule.
“The Part 8 planning is due to go for a six-week public consultation period from mid May onwards with the design and delivery team currently active on site for Mungret Community College headed up by locally based Healy Architects.”
“This road will also allow access for Dooneen AC in terms of their planned new track and will see this area become a fantastic sporting and educational campus for the area,” he added.
Through the Mungret LIHAF, Limerick Council are under conditions relating to the funding in terms of timelines for its development and also targets in relation to the building of houses.
In 2017, Limerick Twenty Thirty announced it was to develop 850 houses in Mungret, in what will be one of the largest residential projects outside of Dublin.