A STAGGERING €4.3 million has been spent by the National Roads Authority (NRA) on plans for the Adare bypass, which shows absolutely no signs of advancing anytime soon.
Last October, An Bord Pleanala refused permission for the proposed N21 Adare bypass, saying it was not satisfied that the selected route for bypassing the village was necessarily the optimum solution. The agency decided to reject the proposed bypass to the south of the town because of ongoing uncertainty in relation to the proposed M20 Cork to Limerick Motorway project, which was withdrawn from An Bord Pleanala following a Government direction the previous month.
At the time, Limerick County Council senior engineer Tim Fitzgerald saying that the provision of this vital infrastructural project would remove a major bottleneck, thereby improving economic efficiency and journey time reliability for approximately 15,425 vehicles per day.
However, more than six months on, a judicial review has been ruled out by Limerick County Council. Instead, it is understood that the process for selecting a route may have to begin all over again and the council has applied to the NRA for funding for that process.
The uncertainty over the projects will do nothing to enhance north Kerry and West Limerick's already struggling economy and is a major setback for businesses, tourism and anyone who travels in and out of the area on a frequent basis.