Tuesday 21 May 2019

Council well aware of bypass needs for Duleek and Julianstown villages

A bypass route remains 'a big issue' for Duleek and Director of Services with Meath CC, Des Foley, has said it needs to be discussed again.

Addressing local councillors at a meeting in Duleek, he said the bypass of the village was on the Development Plan for years and he intended raising the matter with the TII (the roads authority in Ireland).

'There has been talk about banning trucks,' he added.

He is also bringing the case for a bypass of Julianstown to the infrastructure body.

'There are 20,000 cars a day using the village and in some cases it is toll avoidance,' he remarked. 'There are a number of options but it is a major investment.'

Cllr Sharon Tolan said that Julianstown and Duleek seem to have 'stopped in time' and needed to be worked on.

While she was unhappy there were no traffic calming measures for Julianstown included in this year's roads programme, the fact that a bypass of the village was being discussed was a plus.

'What about a toll holiday?,' she asked, in respect of assisting the local population.

There are plans to spend significant funds on the main street in Duleek and she questioned the logic in it.

'Do we want to upgrade the main street in Duleek or progress a bypass,' she asked. 'Why upgrade it before a bypass because a small level of trucks will destroy it again.'

Drogheda Independent