Laois County Council has taken the first steps in a renewed plan to build a relief road around Mountmellick but it looks likely to being a long journey to completion a bypass.
Laois County Council has decided to commission a feasibility study but it is not expected to be ready until 2020.
The local authority has prepared tender documents to appoint consultant engineers to carry out the new study.
Council CEO John Mulhooland updated county councillors at their most recent meeting.
“TII approval to proceed to tender was received on March 14 and the tender documents were issued to the Consulting Engineers on the TII framework on March 15,” said the CEO.
Tenders must be delivered to the council by April 15.
Mountmellick councillor Paddy Bracken asked at the meeting how long the process would take.
“I welcome this but there is urgency needed. Is there any timeframe on the study’s completion and after that?” he asked.
Donal Brennan, Director of Service for roads replied.
“The consultants will be appointed in mid summer. Perhaps the study could be completed early next year. They will need a number of months to complete it,” he said.