By Trevor Quinn
A South Mayo councillor has insisted it is vitally important for the area to get the Ballinrobe bypass project ‘back on the agenda’.
Fianna Fáil Cllr Damien Ryan had called for Mayo County Council to provide an update during last Wednesday’s meeting of Claremorris-Swinford Municipal District. He also requested that a representative of the National Roads Design Office would be in attendance at the next meeting.
“I think it’s important that it’s firmly put back on the agenda and that we pursue it and we pursue it vigorously and we don’t need a situation where it’s completely left at the door of TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland).
“At the end of the day, there’s work to be done at roads level in the county as well.”
Cllr Ryan said a delegation from the council’s Roads and Transport SPC will attend a meeting with officials from the Department of Transport shortly and they need to be assured that the “paperwork and everything our end of it is done”.
In 2009, an emerging preferred route for the N84 Ballinrobe Bypass was ratified by the council and the project was priced at between €14m and €16m.
Cllr Ryan said there are frequent traffic delays on the N84 in Ballinrobe and Friday is a particularly challenging day.