An Bord Pleanála has given planning approval for the N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin upgrade which is expected to cost about €100m.
An Bord Pleanala has also confirmed the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for the Scheme. This decision follows an An Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing on the Development which took place in the Castledargan Hotel at the end of April this year.
At the closing date for submissions, there were almost 100 objections to the Scheme but these objections were reduced to less than ten before the end of the Oral Hearing.
This scheme will provide a new 14.71km Type 2 Dual-carriageway road (similar to the Dromod-Rooskey Bypass) and associated works between the existing Dual Carriageway at Collooney and the end of the Curlews Bypass just east of Castlebaldwin.
The N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin scheme will significantly improve the safety of this stretch of road which has seen 30 fatalities over the past 40 years or so.
Along with improving road safety for all road users, this Scheme will alleviate traffic congestion and reduce journey times and time reliability which will generate positive economic benefits to businesses and consumers.
Sligo County Council Road Design Team will now engage with the National Roads Authority (NRA) to begin detailed design, land acquisition and subsequent construction. All of this is subject to funding been provided but today’s announcement is the green light to deliver this scheme.
Welcoming the announcement Senator Susan O’ Keeffe said, “The decision by An Bord Pleanala to approve the upgrading of this really dangerous stretch of road between Collooney and Castlebaldwin is very welcome.”
She added; “Many groups, including the N4 Action Group have fought tirelessly over the years for these works to be carried out and I am delighted to see their hard work has paid off.”