Shannon Bridge Crossing a step closer – BREEN

July 27th, 2011 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs & Trade & Clare T.D. Pat Breen said today (Wednesday) that the construction of the Shannon Bridge Crossing and Killaloe Bypass has moved a step closer with the news that the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has approved the publication of the Statutory Orders by Clare County Council.

“This will allow Clare County Council secure approval from An Bord Pleanala for the Environmental Impact Statement and the associated Compulsory Purchase Order. If this process is successful; it could see this scheme being approved and the land being purchased over the next two years.”

“The estimated cost of this project (including VAT) the cost of the delivery of the entire scheme will be in the region of €41m. However, this cost can be split into three different phases, the Killaloe Bypass (€11.93m), the Shannon Bridge Crossing (€12m) and the works on the R494 (€16.6m).”

“Clare and North Tipperary County Councils and Public Representatives have been united in our determination to get this project moving. At present, the people of Killaloe in Clare and Ballina in Tipperary have to cross the narrow bridge which is under severe pressure trying to sustain the heavy volumes of traffic on a daily basis.”