News that funding is being made available for upgrade work to the N2 north of Ardee has been welcomed by local elected representatives – as Louth and Monaghan County Council are joining forces to work on the stretch of road.
Funding has been made available for an online upgrade to the N2 – as reported on ThisIsArdee.ie on Thursday – which comes as focus has intensified after last week’s two car collision on the road that left three women dead. It is the latest in spate of fatal collisions on the road.
Speaking on Thursday, Fine Gael TD for Louth Fergus O’Dowd welcomed the announcement. “I welcome the news that funding will be made available for an online upgrade of the N2, extending from North of Ardee to the south of the Castleblayney Bypass.
“The intention is to commence the preliminary design and the achievement of planning consent as soon as practicable. This will involve a joint project between both Monaghan and Louth County Councils.
“I have been in constant communication with the Minister for Transport, highlighting the need for this piece of infrastructure,” O’Dowd added.
“This will be of great benefit to local motorists in the Ardee area and I look forward to working alongside my colleagues in Monaghan County Council on this project,” local councillor Dolores Minogue added.
“Myself, deputy O’Dowd and local man Trevor Kerley, who we have been working closely with, will also continue to campaign for filter lanes and better safety measures along that stretch,” she said.
The draft engineering advisors report undertaken on the stretch of road concluded that the rate of fatal collisions on the single carriageway road exceeds the rate seen on similar primary roads. The report also identified a number of measures that will improve safety on the section of the route.
Some measures will be implemented straight away, officials have confirmed, with further work to be undertaken with the additional funding available. It is understood that long term work will include developing the N2 into a dual carraigeway. Officials say it could take up to 10 years for the entire work to be completed.
Patricia Monaghan is Director of Services for Monaghan County Council and she told Northern Sound radio on Thursday what the work will entail. “The long term solution for that road would be to have a dual-carraigeway solution and really that is the only way to prevent the severe collisions where the traffic goes across the road into the opposing stream,” she said.
Speaking on the matter, Independent councillor for Ardee Jim Tenanty said, “The Minister has confirmed to us that some measures will be implemented immediately and that Transport Infrastructure Ireland will now provide additional funding to develop an online upgrade of the N2 North of Ardee to the South of Castleblayney Bypass”.