Eirgrid has identified the route option for the North Connacht 110KV power line that will run underground from Ballina to Ballaghadereen.
The route, which is around 60km in length, will bypass major towns and villages including Ballina, Foxford and Ballaghadereen.
After previous plans for the Gridwest project were dropped several years ago, Eirgrid announced plans for a 110KV power line from Moy substation outside Ballina to Ballaghadereen in Co Roscommon - to help strengthen the power grid in the region, and to help to attract industry and drive economic growth.
Seven possible routes were identified, and now Eirgrid has announced the best-performing route option, which will bypass major towns and villages including Ballina, Foxford and Ballaghadereen.
The underground cable route is mainly along public roads -including the N5, N26 and N59, but the company says it will be necessary to construct some of the cable off-road - mainly in the Ballaghadereen, Swinford and Ballina areas, and engagement with local landowners will continue in relation to this.
A planning application will be made directly to An Bord Pleanala probably early next year, and if successful, the project to improve electricity infrastructure in the region would move onto the construction phase in 2023.
Eirgrid says an information evening will be held via Zoom on 23rd of this month, to inform communities and stakeholders about the community forum that's being set up to ensure their views are considered during the delivery of this project.
Public webinars will also be held today and again next Tuesday 14th September, and to sign up to a webinar or view the interactive maps, visit www.eirgrid.com/NorthConnachtProject