The M3 Motorway and N3 national primary route form a strategic radial corridor linking Dublin with Cavan and onward to Enniskillen and beyond to Sligo and Letterkenny. Virginia is the last remaining town on the N3 national route from Dublin to the NI Border which has not been bypassed.

Barry Transportation as Technical Advisors to Cavan County Council, in partnership with Meath County Council and in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), are progressing with the development of a scheme for the improvement of the N3 national primary route within a study area commencing from the existing N3 dual carriageway north of Kells in Co. Meath, and extending to the existing N3 north of Virginia Town in Co. Cavan.

In 2018, Cavan County Council under the aegis of the TII, commenced development of a new project for the N3 Virginia Bypass, in accordance with TII’s Project Management Guidelines. In view of the time that has elapsed since previous studies for the N3 Virginia Bypass were undertaken, the significant changes to design standards and environmental considerations and the substantial increase in traffic volumes, it was necessary to re-appraise the project from the beginning of the assessment process.

The N3 Virginia Bypass is one of the sections of road specifically highlighted in the National Development Plan 2018 - 2027 and it will significantly improve accessibility and journey times between Dublin, Cavan Town and the North West Region.

The current commission is to bring the project through the Planning and Design Phases, Phases 1 to 3 of the TII Project Management Guidelines.