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Two Local Authorities Planning To Develop Significant Stretch Of N4

Westmeath and Longford County councils are asking the public to give their thoughts.

Two Midlands county councils are exploring the possibility of upgrading a significant section of the N4. 

Westmeath and Longford executives, along with Transport Infrastructure Ireland, are assessing development options for a 52km stretch between Mullingar and Roosky.

They've established that safety is compromised due to the volume of traffic on the current single lane carriageway encompassing Edgeworthstown, Ballinalack, Rathown and Longford. 

A preferred route selection report was established a decade ago, but due to updates in legislation they now have to fully re-appraise the report. 

Due to Covid-19 measures, the local authorities are inviting residents of the areas, members of the public and interested parties to participate in a new public consultation for the scheme. 

The preferred route for the potential upgrade of the N4 isn't expected for 18 months. 

The two local authorities and TII have begun a public consultation process with submissions being accepted until June 26th. 

The type of road will be decided using predicted traffic figures for the road, with initial indications suggesting a dual carriageway will be required. 

Project Engineer with Westmeath County Council, Anna Marie Coroon, is confident the public will be able to voice their opinions without the usual public meeting:

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