Written answers

Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Projects

Photo of Maurice QuinlivanMaurice Quinlivan (Limerick City, Sinn Fein)
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148. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to discuss what progress has been made in the construction of the Coonagh-Knockalisheen road; when he anticipates it being completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23934/24]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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It is important to emphasise that the improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993.

Coonagh/Knockalisheen Distributor Road scheme consists of the construction of a new distributor road, cycleways, footpaths and verges between Coonagh roundabout on the Ennis Road and the Knockalisheen Road in the Moyross area of the city. The scheme forms part of the regeneration of Limerick plan which outlines the regeneration of disadvantaged areas in the city with improved transport and access seen as a vital tool in improving socio-economic conditions.

Limerick City and County Council is the contracting authority for the Coonagh to Knockalisheen Distributor Road project. Progress on this road project was interrupted in 2022. Since then, works on the Ballygrennan Bridge, which is over the Galway-Ennis railway line, have completed.

A further contract for completion of the project has been tendered. These tenders are currently being assessed. Subject to a successful outcome to that procurement process, the main construction for the remainder of the roads project could recommence this year. This would allow the local community improved access to various transport modes as well as better local access via the Distributor Road project.


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