An Bord Pleanala has recently approved, with conditions, one of the largest infrastructural projects proposed in Sligo in recent years, the controversial €30 million Eastern Road Bridge, which is to cross the Garavogue River adjacent to Doorly Park.

The planned location for the proposed the new bridge across the Garavogue River was strongly opposed by local residents in the Doorly Park, Martin Savage Terrace, Garavogue Villa’s and Hazelview area’s.

In An Bord Pleanala‘s decision to approve the project, it was stated that subject to certain conditions, the proposed road development would not adversely affect the integrity of the Lough Gill special area of conservation, would not result in significant adverse effects on the environment or on amenities in the area, and would be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

However, as Councillors have removed the proposed route line for the bridge from the draft development plan for 2010-2016, It now remains to be seen whether the project will now goes ahead.

Among the conditions with the approval is one in relation to the implementation of noise mitigation measures and the provision of a Noise and Vibration Management Plan during construction.

It also calls for the proposed road development to be amended by the omission of all proposed noise barriers south of the river in the Doorly Park, Martin Savage Terrace, Garavogue Villa’s, Hazelview, Crozon Promenade and Cranmore Road areas.

Another condition related to the provision of low noise road surfacing throughout the entirety of the proposed development.

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