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Killaloe Bypass / Shannon Bridge Crossing

Project description

The proposed Killaloe Bypass, Shannon Bridge Crossing and R494 Improvement Scheme will provide a western bypass of Killaloe, a new bridge crossing of the River Shannon and an upgrade of the existing R494 regional road from Ballina to the N7 at Bridhill. The entire scheme is approximately 6.2km and will cross the River Shannon approximately 1km to the south of the existing Killaloe Bridge and will cross the Kilmastulla River (a tributary of the River Shannon and part of the Lower River Shannon SAC) on the R494.

The proposed scheme has been broken down into three sections as follows:

  • Killaloe Bypass: This part of the scheme aims to create a western bypass around the town of Killaloe which will connect the R463 to the north of town with the proposed Shannon Bridge Crossing section and R463 to the south of the town.
  • Shannon Bridge Crossing: This section of the scheme will cross the River Shannon approximately 1km south of the existing Killaloe Bridge and will connect the proposed Killaloe Bypass with the R494.
  • R494 Upgrade: This section will involve widening, regrading and local realignment of the R494 from its junction with the R496 and proposed Shannon Bridge Crossing south of Ballina, as far as the junction with the R445 (previously known as N7) north of Birdhill.

Natura Impact Statement

Environmental Impact Statements

Further information request from An Bord Pleanála

CPO Confirmation Notice 

  • Killaloe Bypass, Shannon Bridge Crossing and R494 Improvement - CPO Confirmation Notice [PDF, 195KB]

Current Status 

Following a series of interactions through courts arising from an application for Judicial Review pursuant to the An Bord Pleanala approval to the project in early 2013, the Supreme Court upheld the previous High Court decision, by rejecting the most recent appeal, in mid-November, 2016  – meaning that the legal process is now concluded and the project is approved to proceed towards the construction stage.     Notices to Treat were served at the end of August and the submissions received in response to same are being examined at present.    The Council is presently pursuing funding to facilitate the next significant stage of development of the project – that which will cater for acquisition of the land as approved under the project CPO.

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 10/01/17