An Bord Pleanála has granted approval to Mayo County Council for the Cloongullane Bridge project in County Mayo.
The 1.8km realignment of the existing N26 Swinford to Ballina road involves an 83 metre clear span bridge over the River Moy SAC.
This is ROD's first approval under the new Section 177AE planning process, whereby a project screens out for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) but requires an Appropriate Assessment (AA), with An Bord Pleanála acting as the Competent Authority.
Peter Hynes, chief executive of Mayo County Council, welcomed the decision, saying: 'It is great news that permission has been granted for works at Cloongullane bridge on the N26 between Swinford and Foxford. This is an important stretch of road between Swinford and Ballina, and the works will improve access from east Mayo through to the north of the county.'
Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Councillor Blackie Gavin, welcomed the outcome, saying: 'These works are a priority for Mayo County Council, and I look forward to seeing the completed project.'
ROD's project team, led by Jim Thorpe, director, and supported by our team of ecologists, is looking forward to assisting Mayo National Roads Office to deliver the project to site by the end of 2019.