Years of Carrick-on-Shannon gridlock ahead

Fiona Heavey

Reporter:

Fiona Heavey

Years of Carrick-on-Shannon gridlock ahead

Dromod Rooskey bypass

Weekend traffic in Carrick-on-Shannon is “becoming a nightmare” and there is no solution available for a number of years.


Carrick-on-Shannon is becoming a regular name on AA Roadwatch at weekends as drivers experience long delays getting through the town.
The traffic jams are “getting worse” every weekend and are affecting business in Carrick-on-Shannon according to Independent Cllr Enda Stenson.
Cars can be backed up for an hour to get across the bridge into Roscommon with similar timescales expected on the other side coming into Carrick.


According to Leitrim County Council the first draft of an appraisal report for a bypass/ring road is due this week but it will “take years” before any new road will be funded, constructed and completed.

Councillor Stenson sought an update from the council on the Carrick ring road/ bypass at the Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal meeting on Monday. He explained it was “virtually impossible” to get through the town the last two weekends.


Shay O’Connor, Senior Engineer with Leitrim County Council said the first draft of an appraisal report due this week notes the increased weekend traffic and details time surveys and queues. He said it is being progressed by Roscommon Design Team and will be sent to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in a few weeks. The TII are expected to fund a number of schemes “going forward” and it is hoped Carrick-on-Shannon will be considered.


Cllr Stenson said he expects businesses both side of the bridge will submit information. The traffic situation is due to be raised at a meeting between Roscommon and Leitrim county councils this Friday, May 18.


Director of Services, Joseph Gilhooly said the meeting between the connecting councils will explore if there are any “short term solutions” to ease traffic congestion because even if funding is approved a new road “will take years” before being completed.


Project Ireland 2040 released earlier this year said the Carrick-on-Shannon bypass is to be moved through the appraisal and planning stages this year. The document set out, “The objective of this road development project is to improve the capacity and journey time on the N4, improve access to the West and North West and to relieve traffic congestion in Carrick-on-Shannon.”


Other works on the N4 include the replacement of the section between Collooney and Castlebaldwin in Sligo and a major upgrade of the N4 between Mullingar and Rooskey.