N3 Virginia Bypass

Have your say on the N3 Virginia Bypass scheme!

Cavan County Council, in partnership with Meath County Council and in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland, has commenced an online Public Consultation Number 2 for the N3 Virginia Bypass scheme.

Drawings showing the shortlisted options will be on display in Virginia at the poster box at the Ramor Theatre, in the window of Virginia Show Centre, on the display board on the island in front of Virginia courthouse, on the project website www.n3virginiabypass.ie and within a Virtual Public Consultation Room, via www.innovision.ie/n3virginiabypass

Members of the public are encouraged to provide feedback by Wednesday, 23rd December 2020 using online feedback forms, by post, or by email to N3VirginiaBypass@jbbarry.ie


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.

Cavan County Council, in partnership with Meath County 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.


Project Website

Visit the project website at http://www.n3virginiabypass.ie/



Public Consultation No. 2 – Shortlisted Option Corridors

The second public consultation (virtual / online consultation) is taking place between Wednesday 11th November 2020 and Wednesday 9th December 2020 and we ask that all feedback to be returned to the project team by Wednesday 23rd December 2020.

The Public Consultation No. 2 documents are available to view / download online.


Public Consultation No. 1 – Constraints and Initial Preliminary Options

The first public consultation took place on the 11th and 12th March 2020 at the Virginia Show Centre, Virginia.