Proposals for upgrade works for the N59 between Glenlo Abbey to Killeen will be submitted for approval by An Bord Pleanála before the end of the year.
The proposals involve the re-alignment of approximately 900 metres of the road, to remove a number of dangerous bends and widen the route. Due to its proximity to the Lough Corrib Special Area of Conservation, the Galway County Council is required to seek permission from An Bord Pleanála. It will also have to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment Report and a Natura Impact Statement.
'The installation of cyclist safety signs will remind motorists to observe an appropriate passing distance - at least 1.5 metres on roads of this type'
The local authority will also be installing new cyclist safety signs for the road. The signs, as well as preparations to submit the plans to ABP, has been welcomed by Fine Gael senator Sean Kyne.
“The upgrade of this stretch of the N59 will improve safety for all road users and especially cyclists," he said. "The installation of suitable cyclist safety signs will help remind motorists of the need to observe an appropriate passing distance - at least 1.5 metres on roads of this type - when overtaking cyclists."