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Big numbers come out for N52 Bypass public consultation

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A sign pointing the way for the N2 and N52 on Bridge Street, Ardee. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.

Louth County Council have confirmed that 160 people attended last week’s public consultation on the N52 bypass in Ardee last week.

The council hosted a four-hour public consultation at Ardee Parish Centre last Thursday, where members of the public and local stakeholders were asked for their views on the scheme in its current guise. The local authority confirmed to LouthNow.ie on Monday that 160 persons attended the consultation.

Louth County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland are currently in the process of conducting a review of the funded scheme as they consider 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.

The local authority invited submissions regarding their junction strategy so as the information may be used to assist the design team in any further development.

In 2018, the local authority, as well as Transport Infrastructure Ireland, told concerned residents that plans for the N52 bypass – which was set to begin construction that year – would not be changed at this stage.

That was despite the fact the original plans dated as far back as 2006 and would cut off town access to areas such as Artnalivery and Townspark, where Ardee Celtic FC are based.

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Transport Infrastructure Ireland ordered a review of the entire project back in September of last year – shortly before the €30 million project was due to go out to tender. That process was shelved for the time being and the March 5 public consultation was part of that review.

Louth County Council say another, non-statutory public consultation will be held in June this year to allow people to have their say on the preferred option as put forward by the local authority and the TII.

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