Work is to start shortly on surveying the proposed route of the new Sligo-Bundoran Road, which will be dual-carriageway for most of its route.
Preliminary investigation works are to be carried out over the next few months along the 24km (16 miles) stretch from The Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo Town to the county boundary with Leitrim at Bunduff Bridge.
The proposed new road will by-pass the villages of Rathcormac, Drumcliffe, Grange and Cliffoney. Running instead on a new route to the West of the current N15 road at Rathcormack, through it will then divert inland to run on the Eastern side of the current road for the rest of its route.
Also included in the plan is a proposed widening of The Michael Hughes Bridge, providing an extra lane for vehicular traffic, thus, hopefully lessening the traffic congestion which so often builds up on the bridge.
The surveying work is to include a detailed topographical survey of about 750 hectares along the route, involving the surveying of all existing features, such as buildings, walls, entrances, roadways, kerbs, trees, manholes, etc. which is hoped to take about 18 weeks to finish.
The proposed route for the new road was adopted by Sligo County Council and Sligo Borough Council in 2006.