Up to 4,500 vehicles per day are expected to use section E of the Ennis Inner Relief Road project, which opened to traffic for the first time today.
The newly completed 180 metres of single carriageway road links Station Road at Madden’s Furniture to Friar’s Walk and the Clare Road at Cathedral Court. The EUR 2.5m road also features new traffic lights at Station Road and Clare Road.
Ennis Town Council says the completed section of the Inner Relief Road will improve traffic flow to the town centre for customers and visitors to Ennis, and will reduce traffic congestion in the Station Road and Upper O’Connell Street area of Ennis.
Speaking today, Mayor of Ennis Cllr. Peter Considine said: “It is heartening to see that despite the current fiscal constraints faced by Ennis Town Council that it is still continuing to complete important infrastructure projects throughout the town. The completion of the Inner Relief Road will bring a range of immediate benefits, both to the local community and to those visiting the town.”
Ennis Town Clerk Leonard Cleary said the new section of the Inner Relief Road will complement similar road projects completed in recent years, including the Ennis Bypass and the section of the Inner Relief Road from Station Road to Francis Street, in further reducing traffic congestion in the Clare County capital.
“The completion of work on Inner Relief Road project will be welcomed by motorists throughout the town as it will bypass numerous traffic bottle necks and vastly improve commuting time for users,” he added.
The road project is funded by Ennis Town Council with a EUR2.1M loan approved by the Department of Transport.