NATIONAL IMPORTANCE OF BORDER ROAD ROUTE STRESSED BY MANAGER

23 November 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

“This is an example of Co Monaghan operating on a national scale for the good of this country and the island as a whole,” stated Acting Co Manager David Fallon at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council when stressing the strategic importance of the N2 Clontibret to the Border road scheme.
Debate on the project, which is facing a body of organised opposition in the North Monaghan area in the form of the Don’t Bypass The Bypass campaign group, was initiated at the meeting – held to consider submissions to the 2013-2019 draft Co Development Plan – when Independent councillor Paudge Connolly called for a re-examination by the members of the report on the project recently submitted by consultants Grontmij.
Colr Connolly expressed concern about figures for traffic volumes on the existing N2 for 2011 and 2012 which were available on the National Roads Authority website, and which he felt showed great variation in usage and conflicted with some of the figures cited in the consultants’ report. The figures would indicate that the present N2 was operating at a volume of about 40% traffic, he stated.
He believed the upgrading of the existing N2 had not been considered in its fullness or fully evaluated by the consultants, and he thought that they should be asked to reconsider this matter. “I am in favour of doing an evaluation of the effectiveness of the present N2,” he stated.
The Independent representative also referred to a section of the consultants’ report which, he considered, signalled the possibility of the Clontibret to the Border project being a single lane carriageway.
“I think we have to go back and examine the corridor,” he told the meeting.
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