A strategic assessment report on the proposed orbital route project for Ballina has been approved.
Local FF Dáil Deputy Dara Calleary confirmed the news to the Western People this afternoon.
The orbital route will connect the N26 (Foxford Road) to N59 (Crossmolina Road) in Ballina to help ease traffic congestion into and out of the town.
Deputy Calleary says the approval of the strategic assessment report allows the project to proceed to a concept and feasibility study (phase 1), followed by options selection (phase 2).
The TD welcomed the progress, noting that funding of €100,000 has been provided for the project in 2021 which will ensure continued work on the proposed route.
“I want to pay tribute to Mayo Co Council’s Head of Roads, Paul Dolan and his design team and to Ballina Municipal District Director of Services Tom Gilligan and in particular to Cllrs Annie May Reape, Seamus Weir and Michael Loftus who have been tireless in pursuing this project,” Deputy Calleary said.