Route corridor options for the N4 Mullingar to Longford (Roosky) project have been published as part of a virtual public consultation process that will run until 19 March 2021.
The project will address the largest unimproved section of the N4 Dublin – Sligo route, a 52km section of single carriageway road that passes through or close to several settlements, including Ballinalack, Rathowen, Edgeworthstown, Longford and Newtownforbes. This section accounts for approximately 25% of the overall N4 national primary route.
The ROD-AECOM project team, led by project director, Jim Thorpe, has opened a virtual public consultation where people can see the 12 possible route corridors outlined for the project, view interactive maps and submit their comments via a feedback form, using the project email or by selecting a time slot for an online meeting with the project team.
As described in the introductory video in the virtual consultation room, improving road safety is one of the key drivers for the project. The existing N4 services up to 17,500 vehicles per day and features over 50 junctions and direct accesses. During the 12-year period between 2008 and 2019, there were 159 collisions on the route, resulting in the loss of 17 lives.
The scheme will also enhance regional connectivity to the north west by reducing congestion and improving journey times. Dedicated walkways and cycling routes will also be provided to facilitate more people choosing active travel as part of their everyday life.
Submissions are invited through the following channels until Friday, 19 March 2021: