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Decision on major infrastructure project in County Donegal expected early 2024

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The Ten T Project includes three stretches of road – the Twin Towns By-Pass, Letterkenny to Manorcunningham, and Manorcunningham to Lifford, linking the A5 in Strabane.

The project also includes the Bonagee Link bridge, which is currently subject to a public petition due to ongoing traffic problems in Letterkenny.

A cabinet decision on the project moving to the planning stage is expected to be made at the start of 2024, pending the completion of the expert review.

This next step in the process early in the new year will follow on from the recent appointment of external consultants to complete the expert review necessary for cabinet approval.

The approval will path the way for the fourth stage, statutory processes.

This will involve the approval of publication for compulsory purchase order documentation by Donegal County Council, the moving of the project to stage four of the statutory planning stage, and eventually an oral hearing with An Bord Pleanála.

Donegal TD and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine met recently with the CEO of Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Peter Walsh, along with Donegal County Council Chief Executive, John McLaughlin, to ensure the continued progress of the Ten T Project.

Mr McConalogue said he will continue to liaise closely with the Department of Transport to make sure that these projects proceed promptly.

“These three road projects are hugely important to our county.

“There’s an urgency to get them delivered, particularly in Letterkenny where we are seeing acute challenges with traffic problems – hence the need for the Bonagee Link project that will ensure the opening up of the transport network in Letterkenny and the north of the county.

“I will continue to work closely with Donegal County Council, the Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, and my cabinet colleagues to make sure these projects progress and are completed as speedily as possible,” he said.

“The completion of the expert review is necessary in advance of cabinet giving its approval early in the new year to move the Ten-T project Donegal project to the next stage,” the Minister added.

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