The N17 Milltown to Gortnagunned road realignment scheme has taken a major step forward, with a planning application lodged for the project.
Galway County Council lodged a planning application for the scheme with An Bord Pleanála on December 31.
The realignment scheme consists of roughly 3km of rural road between Milltown village and Gortnagunned, which will tie into an already upgraded stretch of the N17 at its northern end.
Aside from improving the width of the road, other works in the N17 realignment scheme will involve improvements to eight T-junctions, 36 direct access connections, replacing the drainage system leading into the River Clare, and protecting or diverting existing utility services.
An Bord Pleanála ruled in May of last year that a Natura Impact Statement was required for the project due to the potential for impacts on the Lough Corrib Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation.
A compulsory purchase order application for the realignment scheme has also been made to An Bord Pleanála.
Both of these are due to be decided by the higher planning authority by June 22.