Eastern Garvoge Bridge

Eastern Garvoge Bridge and Approach Roads Scheme

Sligo County Council has progressed the above scheme since previous public consultation in April, May and August 2013. The detailed design of the scheme is now been finalised. This includes taking into considerations requests from the residents mainly south of the river, raised in 2013.

An Information Evening has been arranged in COUNTY HALL, SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL, RIVERSIDE, SLIGO, for Tuesday 28th April 2015, between 3.30pm and 7.30pm. The final scheme layout comprising drawing, some 3D images and physical scale model will be on display and staff of Sligo County Council and Consultants, Roughan and O’Donovan will be available to talk about the project.

The Sligo Independent Community Liaison Officer will be present at the Information Meeting also. If any resident wants third party support when talking to the Design Team, they can contact the Independent Community Liaison Officer (Maeve McCormack on 071-9141667) in advance. Her role is to support residents during this stage of the process.
Public comment on the final scheme can be made by the closing date of Friday 22nd May 2015. Submissions to: Mr. Eric Gilroy, Sligo County Council, Road Design, Market Yard, Sligo City or email to egilroy@sligococo.ie  

The main benefits for Sligo Residents and the wider community will include much reduced journey times for walkers, cyclists and vehicles between the North and South sides of the River Garvogue in the eastern quadrant. It will significantly reduce travel distance and improve access to the many facilities on opposite sides of the river. These includes the three schools and IT Sligo on the Northeast side and three schools on the Southeast side. It will also provide faster access to Sligo General Hospital from the Southeast quarter and better access to Government Buildings, County Hall, the Fire Station, Cleveragh Business and Retail Area, Doorly Park Playground and Trail, Sligo Regional Sports Centre and the newly developed Cleveragh Park facilities. The route will also greatly reduce response times for emergency services e.g., ambulance, gardaí and fire services.

You can get more information by contacting Sligo County Council staff member: Gordon Burke on 071 9111975; or The Independent Community Liaison Officer, Maeve McCormack, can be contacted at 071 9141667 or sligo@housing.ie.

The new eastern link road scheme includes:

  • Single laned (each way) road and bridge – From Ash Lane /Molloway Hill to Cranmore Road, about 2km long (1.2miles)
  • Cycle ways - included
  • Footpaths on both sides of the road
  • Low speed limit urban section of road
  • Special road surface to reduce noise levels
  • Pedestrian crossings and bus stops
  • Riverside fully lit Walkway – continuing from Blue Lagoon area, beneath new bridge to Doorly Park.
  • Landmark Bridge for Sligo across Garvoge River by leading bridge designers, Roughan and O’Donovan.

What’s happened so far?

  • Public consultations, comprehensive mail-drops,
  • Public hearings for supporters and objectors to the scheme.
  • Planning permission granted for scheme (by An Bord Pleanála in 2009)
  • Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) confirmed (by An Bord Pleanálain 2009)
  • Notices to Treat issued (to affected land and property owners in 2011)
  • Valuer appointed by Sligo County Council
  • Detailed design public consultation (April and May 2013)
  • Submissions analyzed and design amendments carried out
  • Amended details and model prepared and public display in August 2013
  • Further site testing and archaeological investigations completed
  • Detailed design progressed since 2013 and now nearing completion
  • Negotiations with permanent CPO affected landowners now underway.
  • Public Information evening Tuesday 28th April 2015 and display for 4 weeks of scheme.

For property owners served with Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) including Temporary CPOs, the Design Team will be available to discuss concerns as appropriate:

  • Preferences for boundary treatments including new front boundary walls, fences and other accommodation works for those served with permanent
  • Possibility of having a uniform style and finish for any new boundary walls, for example having the same style and finish for a number of consecutive properties, south of the river.
  • Properties served with Temporary CPO will involve no permanent loss of property. The temporary procedure simply allows, if necessary, for the construction of a new boundary wall/fence should this prove necessary resulting from adjacent permanent works, eg. Adjustments to footpaths and services.

Sligo County Council welcomes comments on the finalised design as displayed.

If you want further information on the plans to date, contact:

Sligo County Council:  Eamonn Brennan on 071 9111958  ebrennan@sligococo.ie   or    

Eric Gilroy  071 9111971 egilroy@sligococo.ie (both at Road Design, Market Yard, Sligo)

or the Independent Community Liaison Officer (Maeve McCormack) can be contacted at 071 9141667 or  Email: sligo@housing.ie