The congestion that has plagued New Ross for decades is to become a thing of the past. The long awaited New Ross bypass project received the go ahead at Tuesday’s meting of the Cabinet.
The new road and bridge will be approximately 13.6 km in length commencing at the N25 in Glenmore at the eastern border of Co Kilkenny and crossing over the River Barrow via a new bridge into Co Wexford.
The scheme provides a bypass of New Ross and ties-into the N30 at Corcoran’s Cross. The scheme has been approved by An Bord Pleanála and has been combined with the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy project to form a PPP scheme for the South East region.
It will bring calmer traffic flows for thoselivingh in South Kilkeny from thetullogher and Glenmore sides.
The N25 through New Ross is a key commercial and tourist route to the South East. Improving this route is part of the Government’s National Development Plan to achieve sustainable economic growth.
Currently the N25 travels along speed limited sections on the approaches to the town and through the town. There are many junctions and interfaces with other national, regional and county roads. These together with entrances to businesses and dwellings lead to unacceptable tailbacks occurring at peak times. All of this makes life unnecessarily difficult for local people, businesses, tourists and through-traffic.
The bypass will remove through-traffic from New Ross leaving a pleasant environment for residents and tourists and will encourage the growth of the town. A bypass will lead to safer conditions for drivers and pedestrians in the town and will improve local access. A bypass will result in a quicker and more predictable journey for both local and through traffic.