Sinn Fein TD Imelda Munster has welcomed the news today that funding has been made available for the Ardee bypass, as reported by ThisIsArdee.ie.
Earlier today, Independent councillors Jim Tenanty and Kevin Callan issued a statement saying that Minister for Transport Shane Ross had confirmed to them that work on the long-awaited Ardee bypass was to go-ahead with funding provided for the project.
In a press release titled, ‘Callan and Tenanty secure Ardee By Pass from Transport Minister Shane Ross’, the duo confirmed that after pressure and talks with the Minister and the relevant bodies, the N52 bypass was to go ahead.
Responding to the news, Munster said today, “I am happy to hear that Transport Minister Shane Ross has allocated funding for the Ardee bypass. The project was excluded from the capital investment programme originally, and so it is certainly good news for the people of Ardee that funding has been secured.”
The Sinn Fein Deputy is a member of the Oireachtas Transport Committee and has in the past raised the ongoing wait for progress on the bypass, which would alleviate much of the heavy traffic that comes into and passes right through the town.
Late last year, the western bypass for Ardee – seen as the key to alleviating the town of it’s traffic gridlock problems – was made a priority case by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, meaning it had moved up the list of projects awaiting funding to begin.
The lands on the north-west side of the town have long been been acquired and the only obstacle standing in the projects way is the financial allocation needed. The project has been ‘shovel ready’ since the acquisition of those lands.
The N52 Ardee bypass will consist of 4.48km of reduced single carriageway road and will stretch from Manistown to Mullanstown on the N2, north of Ardee. The scheme will include two river crossings of the River Dee and River Garra, a staggered junction at Silver Hill road and a T junction with the Mullinstown Road.
“I have raised the matter of bypass with both the Minister for Transport on several occasions and with officials from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). A commitment was given by TII at a meeting of the Oireachtas Transport Committee last November to include the project in the midterm review of the Capital Plan, and I am glad to see that the Ardee bypass has been allocated funding as part of that process,” she continued.
“I have written to the Minister seeking further information regarding how much funding is to be made available and seeking a start date and a timeline for the project. The local community has been campaigning for the construction of the bypass for many years, with many disappointments and delays along the way.
“The area has been neglected in terms of investment for too long, and so it is to be welcomed that this project is finally progressing.”