New link road to take heavy traffic out of Kilmore Quay
A new link road by-passing the village of Kilmore Quay will be built next year by Wexford County Council which is also planning to construct a business park in the area, focusing on the fishing and marine industries.
The road which is expected to be finished towards the end of 2019, will extend from behind the Coast hotel to the Sofrimar fish factory, on land formerly in receivership, which was purchased by the Council in 2017.
A road design completed by local authority engineers, was given the go-ahead by councillors to proceed to immediate public consultation before the project is put out to tender.
A developer was previously granted planning permission for a housing scheme on the site with a link road as part of the development. The first phase of the housing estate and part of the road were built but the project then went into receivership.
The local authority bought an 11-acre site out of receivership with a view to completing the link road which is intended to take heavy goods traffic out of the village, especially during the summer months when there is an increase in tourist traffic.
The site currently has an unfinished 'road to nowhere' which will be completed by the Council and should be open for use late next year. Based on preliminary cost estimates, the local authority has applied for €1.4 million in Government funding.
A section of the site is being set aside for the construction of a new Coastguard Station by the Office of Public Works.
The project was welcomed by councillors at a Borough District meeting with Cllr. George Lawlor asking what implications it had for the Coastguard Station.
Deputy Chief Executive Tony Larkin said the OPW had indicated a preference for a site at the housing end of the road. The Council and the OPW are in agreement and discussions are currently taking place.
Cllr. Ger Carthy said that on behalf of the people of Kilmore, he would like to welcome the development and he congratulated the Council on the new road project.