Dáil Éireann - Volume 414 - 10 December, 1991

Written Answers. - Sligo-Dublin Road.

185. Mr. Nealon asked the Minister for the Environment if he will outline in connection with a new Curlew Mountains section of the N4 Sligo/Dublin road (1) the stage the preliminary procedures have now reached, (2) when he proposes to give authorisation to Sligo County Council and to Roscommon County Council to proceed with the necessary land acquisitions and compulsory purchase orders, (3) when it is planned that work will actually commence on the new roadway and (4) the length of time the work will take before the road is completed.

186. Mr. Nealon asked the Minister for the Environment if he will outline in connection with the planned Collooney/Ballisodare by-pass on the N4 Sligo/Dublin road (1) the stage the preliminary procedures have now [756] reached, (2) when he proposes to give authorisation to Sligo County Council to proceed with the necessary land acquisitions and compulsory purchase orders, (3) when it is planned that work will commence and (4) the duration the actual work will take.

199. Mr. Nealon asked the Minister for the Environment if he will outline in connection with the planned Sligo relief road connecting up Carraroe with the new Sligo bridge over the Garavogue river, (1) the stage the preliminary procedures have now reached, (2) when he proposes to give authorisation to Sligo Corporation and Sligo County Council to proceed with the necessary land acquisitions and compulsory purchase orders, (3) when it is planned that work will commence and (4) the length of time the actual work will take.

200. Mr. Nealon asked the Minister for the Environment if he will outline in connection with the major structural funds available for the improvement of the Dublin/Sligo road, when it is proposed to start work on, (1) the Leixlip by-pass, (2) the Mullingar by-pass, (3) the Longford by-pass, (4) the Jamestown, County Leitrim by-pass, (5) the Curlew Mountains new roadway, (6) the Collooney/Ballisodare by-pass and (7) the new Sligo relief road from Carraroe to the new bridge over the Garavogue river.

201. Mr. Nealon asked the Minister for the Environment if he will outline in connection with the planned Jamestown and area by-pass on the N4 Sligo/Dublin road, (1) the stage the preliminary procedures have now reached, (2) when he proposes to give authorisation to Leitrim County Council to proceed with the necessary land acquisitions and compulsory purchase orders, (3) when it is planned that work will actually commence and (4) the length of time it is envisaged that the work will take.

Minister for the Environment (Dr. [757] O'Hanlon): I propose to take Questions Nos. 185, 186, 199, 200 and 201 together.

A scheme for the Curlews by-pass is currently at design stage and an environmental impact statement is being prepared by Roscommon County Council. Pending a decision on the EIS, it would be premature to proceed with land acquisition. The proposed by-pass is unlikely to commence in the period up to the end of 1993. Construction would take three years.

Preliminary proposals for the Drumsna-Jamestown scheme were approved by my Department on 14 November 1989. Subject to the outcome of the statutory procedures involved, the project is scheduled to commence in 1992 and to be completed in 1994. A public local inquiry will open on 17 December into objections made against confirmation of the relevant compulsory purchase order. Because of my quasi-judicial role in the determination of this order, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on the scheme at this stage.

The construction of a new dual carriageway between Carraroe and Collooney is scheduled to commence in 1992 but this is subject to both my decision in relation to the environmental impact statement submitted by Sligo County Council and the outcome of any statutory procedures that may arise in relation to the acquisition of land. I will announce my decision in relation to this environmental impact statement as soon as possible. The duration of the scheme would be four years.

The proposed new route from Carraroe to Collooney is being planned in association with Sligo Corporation's proposal to provide a new four lane single carriageway road — the Sligo relief road — from Michael Hughes Bridge to Carraroe. This project is at planning and design stage and an environmental impact statement is currently being prepared by Sligo Corporation. Implementation is subject to both my decision in relation to the environmental impact statement and the outcome of any statutory procedures that may arise in relation to the acquisition of land. The scheme is [758] unlikely to commence in the period to the end of 1993. Construction would take three years.

Work on the Kilcock, Maynooth, Leixlip by-pass will be undertaken in two main civil engineering contracts. Contract one involves the provision of approximately 10 kilometres of two lane motorway, 1.3 kilometres of single lane carriageway, an interchange at Straffan Road, five other bridges and associated works on the line of the by-pass between the Maynooth-Celbridge Road and a point about 3 kilometres west of Kilcock. The acceptance of a tender was approved by my Department on 12 August 1991 and it is now a matter for Kildare County Council to complete legal formalities and get work under way. Contract two will involve the balance of the civil engineering work. Contract documents for this work are being examined by my Department with a view to an early invitation of tenders.

A tender for the Mullingar by-pass was approved on 18 October 1991 and it is now a matter for Westmeath County Council to complete legal formalities and get work under way.

A preliminary report for the Longford by-pass was approved by my Department on 10 April 1990. The project is scheduled to commence in 1992 and to be completed in 1994. A public local inquiry has been held into objections made against the confirmation of the relevant compulsory purchase order and I hope to be in a position to give my decision on the order at an early date. Having regard to my quasi-judicial role in the matter, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further in the matter.