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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 27 July 2021

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Questions (223)

Fergus O'Dowd


223. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport the status of the Meath County Council draft appraisal for the proposed Julianstown bypass; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40153/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of the relevant local authority in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from Councils' own resources supplemented by State road grants, where applicable.

In relation to the appraisal of possible measures to manage traffic in the vicinity of Julianstown, the Department understands that Meath County Council intends to carry out an origin and destination information gathering exercise to obtain a clear indication of the traffic movements and patterns in and around Julianstown with a view to informing a wider transport study for the Drogheda and East Meath area. I also understand from Departmental contact with Meath County Council that the collection of origin and destination data has not yet commenced due to Covid-19 restrictions and such data is needed to inform any appraisal in respect of the Julianstown bypass. Accordingly I can confirm that the Department has not yet received the required project appraisal.