Northern Distributor Road Draft Constraints Report To Be Published
Clare County Council has announced it will publish a Draft Constraints Report outlining the factors and issues which influenced the choice of the emerging Preferred Route Corridor for the proposed Limerick Northern Distributor Road, early next month.
March 26, 2012 (FPRC) -- The presently ongoing consultation process pertaining to the emerging Preferred Route Corridor follows a previous Public Consultation in June 2011, at which a number of feasible route corridor options were proposed.
Once completed, the 10km project will link Coonagh with the Parteen/Ardnacrusha area before crossing the River Shannon to the North of the University of Limerick and onwards to the Old Limerick/Dublin Road. The project is being led by Clare County Council, in conjunction with Limerick City Council and Limerick County Council.
Commenting on the April 10th publication of the Draft Constraints Report, Mr. Tom Tiernan, Project Manager and Senior Engineer with Clare County Council explained: “The publication of a Constraints Study at this point in the consultation process is rare and is not in accordance with guidelines. In an effort to ensure residents and public representatives are fully engaged in the consultation process, however, the Council has made the decision to release draft constraints information.”
The Draft Constraints Report will be published on April 10th on www.clarecoco.ie, www.lcc.ie, www.limerickcoco.ie. It also will be on display in the Westbury Area Office, Aras Contae an Chláir, Limerick City Hall, Limerick County Hall and Limerick County Council’s Area Office in Annacotty.
Meanwhile, an additional public consultation meeting in relation to the Limerick Northern Distributor Road will go ahead tomorrow (Tuesday, 27th March 2012) from 3 pm. until 8 p.m. in the Raddison Hotel, Ennis Road. The meeting follows on from the decision to extend the closing date for submissions by a period of 2 months until 11th May 2012.
Information on the emerging Preferred Route Corridor for Phase 2 will be on display with Local Authority personnel and representatives of Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers available to answer questions. All comments received at the consultation will be recorded and members of the public will be able to make submissions to Clare County Council up to May 11th 2012.
Views expressed during the consultation exercise will be considered in the context of the emerging Preferred Route Corridor for the scheme. Design of the Limerick Northern Distributor Road (Phase 2) will progress based on the corridor to be confirmed following the public consultation process, leading to the publication of an Environmental Impact Statement and Compulsory Purchase Order in due course.
The final determination of the Planning Process will rest with An Bord Pleanála.
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