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Sheridan urges those with Ardee bypass concerns to ‘trust engineers’

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Councillor John Sheridan and traffic issues in Ardee town.

Ardee Municipal District councillor John Sheridan has urged people in Ardee to ensure their voices are heard this week as a public consultation is held as part of a review into the proposed N52 Bypass.

The consultation will be held at Ardee Parish Centre on Thursday, March 5 between 4pm and 8pm. Louth County Council are inviting submissions regarding their junction strategy so as the information may be used to assist the design team in any further development.

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Transport Infrastructure Ireland announced back in September that they wanted all further work on the Ardee Bypass paused as they carried out a review of the entire project. They, along with the local authority, are actively considering alternative junctions following on from objections from locals that the current plans will create cul-de-sacs in some areas, cutting off adjoining rural areas from the town.

Given the objections and the question marks over the plans, TII ordered a review of the entire project shortly before the €30 project was due to go out to tender. That process was shelved for the time being and this week’s public consultation is part of that review.

“I am calling on the people of Ardee to stand up and be counted and ensure their thoughts on the bypass are loud and clear,” Sheridan said. “There is a concern that if Ardee doesn’t demand the bypass it needs that it could be lost which would be a terrible blow for the town.

The Fianna Fáil councillor acknowledges concern over flooding that have also been raised in relation to the route, which includes the Ardee Bog. Similar concerns have been raised over proposed new routes of the N2 Ardee-Castleblayney road.

“I know there are also concerns about current flooding on the proposed route,” he said. “We have to trust the appropriate engineers and designers to come up with the right solutions, as they did in similar boggy terrain like Mullingar and Limerick when road projects were being done there.”

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“Any of us who are living or working in Ardee town know the daily congestion that has the town gridlocked. The N52 bypass as planned will take cross country trucks and HGVs out of the town centre and turning at Ardee Castle.”

“The review being carried out is as a direct result of the concerns of local residents about access roads. Hopefully the review can satisfactorily resolve these matters. Similar issues arose and were resolved in Haggardstown and Dromiskin when the M1 was being built.”

 

The Fianna Fáil councillor acknowledges concern over flooding that have also been raised in relation to the route, which includes the Ardee Bog. Similar concerns have been raised over proposed new routes of the N2 Ardee-Castleblayney road.

“I know there are also concerns about current flooding on the proposed route,” he said. “We have to trust the appropriate engineers and designers to come up with the right solutions, as they did in similar boggy terrain like Mullingar and Limerick when road projects were being done there.”

The Dromiskin-based representative says “people power” is required to see this project come to fruition.

“Since before my election, I campaigned for the Ardee N52 bypass to go ahead. Now, we need people power on this issue! I have kept my promises on this issue; but politicians can’t do it alone. We need people to come out on this issue.”

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