LIMERICK City and County Council has been given the go-ahead to submit the Foynes to Limerick Road project to An Bord Pleanála for approval.
It came following a meeting of the Cabinet this week.
The planned development, which is estimated to cost between 400 and 450 million euro, is 34km in length connecting the Core Port of Foynes to the national motorway network, on the outskirts of Limerick city.
It includes a bypass of Adare and would see the construction of 15.5 kilometres of dual carriageway from Foynes to Rathkeale along with the construction of 16.4 kilometres of motorway connecting Rathkeale to the existing motorway network at Attyflin.
Also included in the plan is 1.9 kilometres of single carriageway to connect to Askeaton, a Heavy Goods Vehicle Service Area at Foynes, a 200 metre bridge over the River Maigue at Adare, a bridge over the River Deel, and three bridges over the Foynes to Limerick railway line.
Realignment of existing roads, access roads, accommodation works, landscaping and ancillary works are also outlined in the plan as well as drainage and utility diversions.
Speaking about the Adare bypass, Director of Physical Development with Limerick City and County Council, Brian Kennedy, says it will “run to the north of the village, and it will remove in the region of 70 – 80% of the traffic currently passing through Adare daily which is around 17,000 vehicles. Adare is a notorious bottleneck and this new bypass is vital to improve safety and remove traffic delays”.
Meanwhile, Mayor of the City and County Council, Michael Sheahan has welcomed the news explaining it’s important “not just for West Limerick but for the entire mid-west region.”
He adds, “a lot of work and careful planning has taken place since the route selection report was published in June 2016.
“Limerick City and County Council is hopeful of having the proposed road in place by 2025/2026. However, there are a number of significant hurdles to be crossed in the meantime, the first being the approval of An Bord Pleanála.”
Reports and drawings are currently being finalised and it’s expected a submission will be made to An Bord Pleanála in the coming weeks.