New Slane bypass route to be revealed
The preferred route of the Slane bypass will be announced in March, with Transport Minister Shane Ross stating in the Dail that it is hoped it will be operational by 2024.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and Meath County Council have been reviewing the route options for the past number of months in a bid to secure the project goes ahead as soon as possible.
The project report states that, 'The N2 route at Slane is severely deficient, causing environmental nuisance to local residents with a long history of traffic accidents, including fatalities, which arise from the sub-standard alignment particularly in the vicinity of the Slane Bridge, the steep approach gradients in Slane village, and on approaches to the Slane Bridge, and the high percentage of HCVs through the village.'
In February 2017, Meath County Council appointed RPS Consulting Engineers to start afresh in the progression of the appraisal of traffic management alternatives and with the development of route options for a bypass of Slane village through Phases 1, 2, 3 and 4 of TII's Project Management Guidelines (2010) and TII's Project Appraisal Guidelines (2016). They are now at a stage where details can be revealed and then it will go to public consultation.