Oylegate Bypass extension will take place soon after M11 completion
COUNTY Council chief executive Tom Enright says he hopes the proposed extension of the M11 south of Oylegate will get under way soon after the completion of the Enniscorthy Bypass at the end of 2018.
Mr Enright told this newspaper that the county council was currently arranging the procurement of consultants to carry out the detailed design work for the four km extension, which will cost around €30 million.
He reiterated earlier remarks that the council made the case to the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), formerly the NRA to provide approval to commence the detailed design work on the extension to the southern end of the M11 Enniscorthy Bypass which would bypass Olygate.
'We made this case as the new motorway would stop just north of the village and could cause congestion and road safety issues, as there would effectively be a motorway from Belfast ending at Oylegate,' said Mr Enright.
'TII gave approval in February to the Council to a budget of €100,000 in 2016 towards the design work and the council is currently arranging the procurement of consultants to carry out the work. A further allocation is expected in 2017,' he said.
The €400m Gorey to Enniscorthy dual carriageway scheme will involve the construction of 39km of new national roads.