The proposed Ballinrobe Bypass could be developed under a potential new programme of National Secondary Bypasses, according to Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon.
Following a query to the Department of Transport and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), Deputy Dillon was informed that Mayo County Council identified a preferred route for the N84 Ballinrobe Bypass in 2008.
However, Deputy Dillon was told the project was suspended due to funding constraints at the time. TII have said the project is still on their plans for development once funding becomes available.
“I have been informed that given the passage of time, this scheme would have to recommence at Phase 0 of TII’s Project Management Guidelines,” said Deputy Dillon.
However, he said it is positive news that TII is currently considering the Ballinrobe Bypass for progression under a potential new programme of National Secondary Bypasses.
“TII have informed me that some funding may be provided under this programme to complete a Strategic Assessment Report and feasibility assessment in the first instance, to determine if the scheme is appropriate for further progression, which I believe it is,” said Deputy Dillon, who noted that he will continue to push for progress on the bypass given the traffic difficulties that pertain in the town.
In the interim, TII has provided funding for a Ballinrobe Traffic and Transportation Study to be undertaken and arising from that study, funding of €200,000 has been provided this year to Mayo County Council for the installation of traffic signals in the town.
“I welcome the funding for traffic lights in the town, but this is not a solution to the traffic backlog that is experienced by motorists in the town on most days,” concluded Deputy Dillon.