Western Distributor Route in Sligo expected to open next month

One of the largest and most significant infrastructure projects in Sligo is scheduled to be completed by the middle of next month.

It’s the €12m second phase of the Western Distributor Route, a two kilometre carriageway that goes from the Caltragh interchange on the N4 to Finisklin, providing access to about 85 acres of IDA land.

The new road will cross the Sligo/Dublin railway line, and will go onto Oakfield and the Ballydoogan Road, joining Phase One of the WDR project.

It’s hoped heavy goods vehicles will take the new route and therefore alleviate congestion on the Inner Relief Road.

The route is also expected to improve connectivity from the Strandhill side of Sligo town as well as access to the Summerhill College area.

The new route, which will have walking, jogging and cycling lanes, is expected to be opened by October 16th, depending on a road safety audit and a bridge inspection by the Commission for Rail Regulation.

All local councillors have welcomed the news of progress on the project.

However, Cllr Rosaleen O Grady voiced concerns about traffic flows in the Kevinsforth Heath, Sraid na Mara and Seaview Park areas where, she was told, monitoring will take place.