CLARE County Council have confirmed that construction for the proposed Killaloe Bypass is set to commence in early 2019 as the local authority seeks to acquire the appropriate plots of land.
Following the confirmation of the final approval for the project, the council is now “busy moving to the next stage,” and the work will get underway depending on funds available in next year’s budget and following the acquisition of the required land.
According Tom Tiernan, Senior Engineer the local authority “certainly should be in a position to avail of any construction funding available at the start of next year.”
At Monday’s monthly meeting of Clare County Council, it was revealed that an allocation of €500,000 is included in the 2017 Schedule of Road Grants to facilitate the acquisition of the required lands which Mr Tiernan said the council is “succeeding with”.
According to the council, liaison is taking place with property owners and acquisitions of the required lands is the current key objective which members of the council said, “is progressing well and some property acquisition has been agreed.”
The Killaloe Bypass is part of an overall scheme which includes the Shannon Bridge Crossing and the R494 Upgrade.
The Killaloe Bypass, Shannon Bridge Crossing and R494 Improvement Scheme will provide a western bypass of Killaloe, a new bridge crossing of the River Shannon and an upgrade of the existing R494 regional road from Ballina to the N7 at Bridhill.
The entire scheme is approximately 6.2km and will cross the River Shannon approximately 1km to the south of the existing Killaloe Bridge and will cross the Kilmastulla River.
The Killaloe Bypass part of the scheme aims to create a western bypass around the town of Killaloe which will connect the R463 to the north of town with the proposed Shannon Bridge Crossing section and R463 to the south of the town.
The protracted Judicial Review and subsequent appeals concluded in November 2016 with confirmation of final approval for the project, with work now expected to get underway in early 2019, following the purchase of the required land.

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