It will be at least 2021 before the new N4 to Collooney to Castlebaldwin bypass is open to motorists.
And that is dependent on ongoing funding being provided to Sligo County Council.
However, Director of Services for Infrastructure in Sligo Tom Kilfeather is welcoming this year’s allocation of €7.5million to progress the N4 project alone in 2017.
Sligo County Council says that with the over €7m euro secured for the N4 this year, it hopes to be progressing to tender stage at the end of 2017 and starting construction by the end of 2018.
However, that all depends on the smooth progress of the planning process which is now at an advanced stage.
The allocations for capital funding for the coming year were confirmed by the Transport Infrastructure Authority just before Christmas.
Director of Service Tom Kilfeather says that while the allocation is down on last year, a lot of the land acquisition which is a major part of the advance work was done in 2016.
He outlines what they hope to achieve this year:
However, despite this, a planned march on the Dail is set to take place on the 8th of February next.
Sligo businessman Anthony Gray plans to rally support for the February march from this week.
He says while the progress being made by the Council on the N4 project in Sligo is welcome, they need reassurance that the money will be made available not just this year but every year.
Mr. Gray says he plans to issue a press release to all media outlets as well as local politicians from today to encourage people to support the February protest.