May 2022 Update

The project is currently approaching the end of Phase 2 (Options Selection). The next phase of the project is Phase 3 (Design and Environmental Evaluation) and the commencement of this phase is subject to TII approval.

To keep the scheme progressing, we are running tender competitions for various investigations and surveys.

We are programming these investigations and surveys to take place during the second half of 2022, subject to funding approvals. Prior to land entry, Landowners will be notified in advance of the type, duration and commencement date of the investigation or survey to be carried out.

Public Consultation No.3

A third period of non-statutory public consultation seeking feedback on the Emerging Preferred Option Corridor commenced on Thursday 19th August 2021 and ran until Monday 13th September 2021.

The Emerging Preferred Option Corridor was published on the project website at, a virtual room created for the project at and the Cavan County Council website at Details of the Emerging Preferred Option Corridor were also published through local media and social media that week.

Preliminary Ground Investigation Contract

Cavan County Council wish to advise that they have awarded a contract for Preliminary Ground Investigation works in the N3 Virginia Bypass study area.

The Preliminary Site Investigation Works, involving ground probing, shall be carried out by contractors on behalf of Cavan County Council and will provide information on soft ground conditions. The information obtained will inform the design development and the establishment of an Emerging Preferred Option.

Aerial Survey

Cavan County Council wish to advise that they have awarded a contract for an Aerial Survey of the N3 Virginia Bypass study area.

This survey will provide up to date information that will assist the development of the scheme.

The survey shall be carried out in a low flying aircraft and is envisaged to be flown on Friday 2nd April 2021, during suitable weather conditions. The aircraft will be flying in the area for up to 2 hours

Phase 2: Option Selection

Public Consultation No 2: Cavan County Council are extending the online public consultation period and request all feedback be returned to the project team by Friday 15th January 2021.

Public Consultation No.2

The N3 Virginia Bypass scheme is currently at the Option Selection phase where we have shortlisted a number of options. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions it is not possible to hold a public event at this time. Instead, we are holding an online / virtual public consultation event and a physical display of the current information. This Public Consultation No. 2 went live on 11th November 2020 and presents the shortlisted options.

Information on the Shortlisted Options is available at the following locations:

The virtual consultation has been extended and we ask that all feedback to be returned to the project team by Friday 15th January 2021.

We have a range of contact options available on the contacts page, including an online booking system where you make an appointment for an online meeting or call back from a member of the project team.