A Charlestown Councillor has welcomed the N17 Knock to Collooney Project but has stated that it needs to be a dual carriageway as opposed to a single carriageway.

Improvements to the existing N17 Knock to Collooney National primary route have been established in the National Development Plan as a potential means of improving regional accessibility along the Atlantic Economic Corridor and to the North-West.

Engineers gave a presentation to Councillors at yesterdays Claremorris/Swinford Municipal District meeting in relation to the proposed project.

The project is currently at Phase 2 of the TII Project Management Guidelines.

Planning and design work has recently commenced and a wide range of improvement options will be considered over the coming months.

Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Murray is calling for this road to be a dual carriageway and that it’s included on the T10 Network, with the Western Rail Corridor in order to qualify for structural and cohesion funding from Europe.

Cllr. Murray told the engineers at yesterday’s meeting that they need to convey to the Department that the building of this road has as much to do with economic development in to the future as it has to do with road safety as well.


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