An initial €2 million will be allocated to Louth County Council for starting work on the N52 bypass in Ardee early in 2018.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland on Thursday announced their 2018 grant allocations, handed to local authorities nationwide for work on national roads.
The TII will give €2 million towards the Ardee bypass, of which construction is to proceed in the new year – as announced by Minister for Transport Shane Ross nine days ago.
The funding has been given to the local authority as part of the TII Large Project scheme section.
The allocation is added to by €500,000 which TII are providing Louth County Council with for the completion of pavement rehabilitation in Ardee and road surfacing in Collon and on the N2 at Anaglog.
Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie on Wednesday, Ardee-based councillor Dolores Minogue confirmed that after learning on Monday that Louth County Council Chief Executive Joan Martin had not yet been notified, they have since received official word of the project.
“I am delighted to say that after contacting TII through Fergus O’Dowd’s office, the CEO of Transport Infrastructure Ireland confirmed to Deputy O’Dowd that he had sent the details to the CEO of Louth County Council first thing Tuesday morning. Everyone is now up to date!
“I’m delighted like many of our residents, traders and indeed many of our past councillors who worked their socks off to get this project delivered.
“I was never in any doubt about the Ardee bypass progressing following the announcement last week from the TII. I did however raise a concern with the CEO of Louth County Council after learning that the local authority had not received any official word in writing. This was a fair and obvious concern to me as I felt it might delay the project.”
Commenting on today’s announcement, Independent councillor Kevin Callan said, “We are after fighting very hard for this project to be delivered and have made the Minister very aware of people’s lack of confidence that this will actually happen.
“These funding streams being made available will mean this project is completed within 18 months. We will be keeping in contact with the Minister weekly to ensure all is going to plan.”