A Route Selection report for the above Scheme was approved in 2003 and the Part 8 Planning Process for a wide single carriageway was completed in December 2004.
A review of the preferred route for the Scheme was initiated in 2008.
This review arose from an NRA decision to ensure that the route can be constructed to dual carriageway standard. Furthermore there was a need to consider the significant changes experienced within the study area since a preferred route was published in 2003. These changes, as occurred during unprecedented levels of economic growth, include increased levels of development and traffic volumes. New route options were therefore identified and developed to confirm the optional corridor for the Scheme.
A new Route Options Report was prepared in accordance with NRA Project Appraisal Guidelines. This Report recommends a new preferred route corridor. The route connects with the preferred route corridor of the proposed Clonmel By-pass to form a continuous future N24 corridor. It replicates the previous route along substantial sections of the western half of the Scheme before bypassing Carrick on Suir on a wider arc to the north of the town, avoiding the extent of the town boundary, and extending into County Kilkenny.
During 2012, the new preferred route corridor will be referred to the planning departments of South Tipperary and Kilkenny County Council's for incorporation into the relevant development plans.
The next phase in the scheme programme is the publication of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). Due to national financial restrictions, N24 projects are currently in suspension. Therefore, it is not currently possible to predict the date at which the next phase will commence.