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Adare bypass hits fast track for Ryder Cup

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THE ADARE bypass is to be fast-tracked for completion in time for the 2027 Ryder Cup, it has just been announced.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan this afternoon (Tuesday) announced the Government’s approval to advance construction of the Adare Bypass.

The decision was taken after the Minister outlined the importance of speeding up the project at a Cabinet Meeting this afternoon.

The bypass makes up one element of the Foynes to Limerick Road project, a 33km road connecting Limerick to the port of Foynes.

“The decision to bring forward construction of the bypass section of the project will facilitate potential early delivery of the bypass ahead of the Ryder Cup”, a statement from the Department of Transport said.

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The Ryder Cup, a highlight of the world golfing calendar, will be held at Adare Manor in September 2027 and, if delivered, the bypass will be a huge relief to traffic management in the town and the area which has suffered decades of long delays and traffic snarl-ups on a daily basis.

“The Government will be investing approximately €150million in delivering the 7km bypass, which will remove unnecessary through traffic from Adare town and eliminate a major regional point of congestion on the national road network,” the statement continued.

“It will also improve the quality of life for those living and working in the town centre and allow for several urban realm improvements.”

Welcoming the fast-tracking of the rural route, Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said: “This is a major infrastructural project of strategic importance to Limerick and our national road network.”

“Once complete, Adare will see huge benefits. There will be less congestion and noise, air quality will be better, it will be easier for people to get in and out of their own town, it will be much safer, and there will be improvements to green areas and shared spaces, making it an even more attractive town to live and work in.

“This is the type of transformation we want to achieve for people by prioritising bypasses and our towns centre first approach.”

He said the Government will also facilitate the accelerated delivery of the project, with the aim to complete it ahead of the Ryder Cup in 2027.

“Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) will be working closely with Limerick City and County Council and other agencies and stakeholders, and together, will do everything they can to open the bypass in line with this timeline.”


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