LOUTH County Councillor Declan Breathnach has welcomed news that a public consultation is set to take place early next month with regard to the long-awaited Dundalk-Sligo route, which has been earmarked for upgrade for several years.
Consultants have been employed by Louth, Monaghan and Cavan County Councils to look at the route from Cavan to Dundalk with the hope being that large sections of the route will be upgraded.
Locally, the main areas earmarked for development is along the Carrickmacross Road.
Speaking on the matter, Fianna Fil General Election hopeful Breathnach said it was fantastic news to hear of any progress on the matter.
"This is a huge step forward and it was probably something that people didn't think might happen.
"The plans will be available over the next week or fortnight for viewing. They are not finalised, of course, but it shows the thinking as to how the road can be straightened to create a proper gateway between Dundalk and Cavan. The linkage will then follow on to Sligo.
"Of course, it's still subject to funding but the fact that it's on the drawing book is a positive sign. It's down as one of the next major projects after the N53 and will the final link in road infrastructure in relation to Dundalk."
The initial drawings have been done by Ronan O'Donovan who will meet with people affected by the proposed road in the coming weeks.
Cllr Breathnach described the upgrade of the road as "imperative" as it has been a major accident black spot over the years.