Transport Infrastructure Ireland is yet to respond to a feasibility study.
The Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council is calling for an update on the proposed bypass of Mountmellick.
A feasibility study was sent to Transport Infrastructure Ireland nine months ago, but there's been no response.
Conor Bergin says there's serious congestion, with tens of thousands of vehicles passing through the town every day, most of which are HGVs.
The Fine Gael rep says a bypass has been talked of for decades - and now is the time for action: