THE Government will go ahead with plans to build a 16km bypass on one of the country's most notorious bottlenecks.
The National Roads Authority (NRA) will today ask private companies to submit bids to construct the New Ross bypass, which will be the biggest road project ever built in Co Wexford.
The road, which will not be tolled, will include a 900-metre bridge over the River Barrow.
The scheme is expected to cost €215m, which includes the land necessary to build the road, and it is hoped that work will begin in 2015 and end in 2017.
"The N25 through New Ross is a key commercial and tourist route to the south east. Improving this route is part of the Government's plan to achieve sustainable economic growth for the region," an NRA spokeman said.