'Road to nowhere' is on a new path
A €3.7m 'road to nowhere' that has lain idle for the past seven years is to be finally completed.
The Shannon Group confirmed yesterday that it is shortly to lodge a planning application to complete the remaining 200 metres of the road.
The route leads out of the group's Ennis Information Age Park (EIAP).
The 450-metre stretch was abandoned after being completed by Clare Co Council.
The council completed its portion of the road seven years ago but no vehicles have ever been driven on it due to the now defunct Shannon Development having no money to complete the route.
Now senior engineer Tom Tiernan has confirmed that Shannon Development's successor, Shannon Commercial Property Enterprises, which is part of the Shannon Group, is to finish the job.
The completion of the road is expected to provide a boost to the adjoining EIAP that has failed to deliver on Shannon Development's initial promise of 4,000 jobs at the park.
Mr Tiernan said that work on the 200-metre stretch will be accompanied by council completion works on an adjoining relief road.
He added that this will result in the availability of access to the Information Age Park "via its originally intended route for the first time".
The 200-metre route is to complete in 2016.