Friday 22 November 2019

Total of 41 homes face demolition as part of Galway bypass plans

Ballybrit course manager John Moloney fears several of the route options for the proposed bypass
Ballybrit course manager John Moloney fears several of the route options for the proposed bypass
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Caroline Crawford

A total of 41 homes will face demolition as part of the chosen route for the Galway bypass which was unveiled today.

A further 10 homes which will be severely impacted by the plans may also be purchased for the route.

The preferred route involves sections of the pink and blue routes which were among six options identified earlier this year.

It will include two tunnels, a viaduct and three major intersections, at Briarhill, the Headford Road and Rahoon.

However, the majority of homes lost under the plans will be from the Bushy Park to Bearna area.

Castlegar village is significantly affected by the chosen route as are the Dangan/Circular Road area.

The route will impact on lands owned by NUI, Galway in Dangan and the Galway Racecourse in Ballybrit. While a number of stables at the racecourse will face demolition it will not affect the course itself.

Initially three playing pitches on the college lands at Dangan were to be affected, but that has now been reduced to impact just one.

Letters have gone out to hundreds of home and landowners today who lie along the 150m emerging preferred corridor, however, only 41 homes face demolition.

The route will include the construction of a dual carriageway from the end of the M6 as far as the existing N59. It will continue as a single-lane route through Bearna.

The first tunnel will run from near the end of the M6 motorway to the entrance of the Racecourse. The road will then run westwards towards the Corrib with a second section of tunnel on this stretch.

It will cross the river on a newly constructed bridge exiting at the northern end of the NUI, Galway campus at Dangan. 

The installation of a viaduct will minimise the impact on lands at NUI, Galway.

While stables at the racecourse will be demolished for the route, the introduction of tunnels at Menlo and Briarhill will substantially reduce the impact on the Racecourse.

Sean Kyne today described the route as the most realistic and sensible option given the constraints on the project.

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