The question over whether an N52 Bypass for Ardee was been afforded capital funding for 2018 will be answered later today as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross T.D. and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin T.D outline how they will spent the allocation of their funding for the year ahead.
Tuesday’s Budget 2018 announcement saw Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue increase capital spending for 2018 across the board by €790, a move which increased the budget of the Department of Transport by €215m. Minister Ross will later on Wednesday outline exactly the breakdown of where that funding will go.
The N52 Ardee bypass is currently categorised as being in the planning stages by Transport Infrastructure Ireland. The Ardee bypass was not originally included on the government’s Capital Investment Plan 2016-2021 but in November last year, the project was placed on the priority list meaning that if a project was to fall by the wayside, the Ardee bypass would be next in line to pick up the money available.
It was earlier in the year on the table for discussion as part of the Capital Investment Plan’s mid-term review, meaning funding could be allocated this year. If that is to be the case, it will be included in Ross’ capital expenditure plan to be revealed today.
Back in July, local Independent councillors Jim Tenanty and Kevin Callan said they had “received confirmation from Minister for Transport Shane Ross that the Ardee Bypass is to proceed and be funded following their efforts to secure investment, which is now being made available.”
In a statement issued to ThisIsArdee.ie, a headline read, “Callan & Tenanty secure Ardee Bypass from Transport Minister Shane Ross”.
The proposed N52 Ardee bypass consists of 4.48km of reduced single carriageway road and is planned to commence at Mandistown to the west of Ardee running east to Mullanstown on the N2 road North of Ardee. The scheme includes two river crossings of the River Dee and River Garra, a staggered junction at Silver Hill road and a T junction with the Mullenstown Road.
The bypass route ID is N52D1CM and when built it will be classed as a secondary road.
The road will take passing traffic off the N52 Ardee-Kells Road and away from the town centre completely. It is hoped the bypass will greatly reduce the large volumes of traffic in the town and thus alleviate the traffic backlogs experienced throughout the day, especially at peak times.
“This year, as part of the Capital Plan I am delighted to be in a position to be able to announce ambitious projects which include: a spend of over €100 million on vital local and national sports infrastructure, investment of over €30 million in the development of Greenways to bring tourism benefits to regional locations and the provision of infrastructure to support safe and sustainable commuting by cycling or walking in urban areas to a value of €80 million over the period,” Minister Ross said on Tuesday, after the Budget was announced.