Irish government spending cutbacks are throwing up roadblocks against road building.
The National Roads Authority, which could barely lay down the asphalt quickly enough during the Celtic Tiger years, has been ordered by transport minister, Leo Varadkar, to stop work on most currently planned projects, the Irish Independent reported.
This halt would be in addition to 40 projects already suspended.
Of the 45 routes being shelved, 32 are national primary and 13 are national secondary roads. Bypasses on hold include Slane, Clonmel, Thurles, Kenmare, Listowel, Dungarvan and Adare.
Just six road projects are actually being given the go-ahead before the year is out and they include bypasses for Belturbet, Longford and Tralee.