An 18km ring road around Galway City — which is predicted to increase carbon emissions — has been given approval by An Bord Pleanala.
The second bypass of the city centre will include bridges and tunnels. It will start as a dual carriageway in the east of the city, go in a tunnel under the Galway racecourse, use a new bridge over the river, before narrowing in the western suburbs of the city to a two-lane road.
Despite other such road projects failing to reduce congestion for much time or at all, RTE is already reporting that that the project is “aimed at alleviating traffic congestion in Galway”.
Traffic analysts by Galway City Council and Galway County Council showed that only a small percentage of motorists bypass the city.
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