An Bord Pleanala has confirmed today that it has given the green light to the building of a new bridge and road at Cloongullane, on the N26 Foxford to Swinford road.

The long awaited decision was confirmed by An Bord pleanala to local Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin today.

The bridge forms a significant part of the much needed and long awaited upgrade of the N26 Ballina to Swinford road, and any progress on a new bridge had been held back due to environmental concerns over the impact of proposed works on the river Moy.

Just last month An Bord Pleanala had again stalled on making a decision on the proposed new development, but today has agreed to allow works to go ahead and to acquire the necessary CPOs for the lands required to construct a new section of road and a new bridge.

Funding for the development that is estimated to cost in excess of 10 million euro has not yet been secured, but could not be sought until today’s planning decision was announced.

Senator Mulherin has been telling Midwest News about the significance of today’s announcement.

Mayo County Council has also welcomed the news.

Chief Executive  Peter Hynes, says it is  an important stretch of road between Swinford and Ballina and the works will improve access from East Mayo through to the North of the county.”

The realignment of just under 2km  of the N26 and an 83m bridge across the River Moy has been a priority of Mayo county  council for some time and it is now  anticipated that works will begin by the end of  2019 following further design,  land acquirement and putting the project out for tender.






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