Progress on new Shannon bridge

Press release: Fine Gael Clare Senator, Tony Mulcahy, has welcomed the progress in making
the Shannon Bridge Crossing a reality, following an encouraging
announcement by the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar.

“Minister Varadkar has approved the publication of the Statutory Orders in
relation to the Shannon Bridge Crossing and Killaloe. This will allow
Clare County Council to get approval from An Bord Pleanála for the
Environmental Impact Statement and the associated Compulsory Purchase

“This announcement means that the much needed new bridge is moving closer
towards becoming a reality. If this stage of the process is successful the
scheme could be approved and land could be bought within the next two

“Local representatives have worked tirelessly to get this project
approved, in a bid to improve the lives of local residents in both Clare
and Tipperary. The current situation where people have to cross the
existing narrow bridge cannot be allowed to continue. The construction of
the new bridge will improve traffic flow and eliminate safety concerns.

“The cost of delivering the entire scheme, at €41 million, is significant.
However it can be divided into three phases; the Killaloe Bypass
(€11.93m), the Shannon Bridge Crossing (€12m) and the works on the R494

“I am hopeful that the project can now move forward swiftly, and that the
people of Clare and Tipperary can look forward to a better, smoother route
between Killaloe and Ballina in the future.”

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