A Leitrim County Council official accepts it will be a number of years before land is even purchased to allow Carrick-on-Shannon to be bypassed.
The €80-million scheme that links to Dromod-Rooskey bypass to Cortober was shelved in 2009 amid the country’s financial crisis.
But this year Transport Infrastructure Ireland granted all the schemes countrywide that were scrapped at the time limited money for project appraisals.
The state body will choose a number of those schemes to progress to the planning, design and construction phase next year.
But Shay O’Connor, a senior engineer in the Leitrim council’s roads department, accepts it’ll be several years before Carrick’s traffic problems come to an end.