Monday 21 October 2019

Public meeting planned next week to discuss N53 route options

Dundalk Municipal Council meeting

Members of the public will get the chance to view and express their opinion on route options for the upgrade of the section of the N53 from Hackballscross to Rassan, when a public consultation session takes place on April 16 from 4pm to 8pm in the Naomh Malachi clubrooms.

Councillors were briefed last week on the progress being made in relation to the long awaited improvements to this 3km stretch of road, which will follow on from the work carried out to the stretch from Newtownbalregan to Hackballscross.

Aktins Consulting Engineers have been commissioned by Louth County Council to carry out the environmental studies and preliminary planning needed for the scheme.

The condition of the existing section was described as sub standard with no footpaths or hard shoulder, numerous junctions and private entrances, and a lack of safe overtaking facilities.

The engineers were tasked with identifying a number of route options and these would be displayed at the public consultation on April 16, at which members of the public can make submissions.

Following this, the preferred route will be selected and there will be further public consultation in the third quarter of 2019.

Cllr Peter Savage was told that the engineers were looking at a number of options and would be trying to utilise as much of the existing road as possible.

Councillors heard that this was just one of a number of schemes around the country, each of which would be looking to secure funding.

It was hard to say when funding will become available and they had no approval to go to tender yet, however the consultants expressed confidence that it will happen.

The Argus