Kilkenny County Council will appoint a contractor to deliver the long-awaited Callan Road Realignment Scheme early next month.
During the last couple of years, site investigations have taken place and discussions regarding Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) for the necessary lands at Tennypark have been concluded. The tenders for the physical works have been received, and the council will sign contracts with the preferred contractor in the coming weeks.
According to Kilkenny County Council, the scheme will take about 18 months to complete.
Local councillor Patrick McKee, who has repeatedly highlighted the need for the scheme at council meetings, told the Kilkenny People it was long overdue.
“This is major news for those living in the Tennypark area and the wider area of Kilkenny City West-Callan," he said.
"I’m delighted that we are now on the cusp of beginning the physical works after many years of discussion, negotiations and preliminary works.
"People travelling from Kilkenny City to Callan, and vice-versa, will see major improvements to road safety and the dangerous bends between Tennypark Cross and the turn off the car boot sale will be no more. It is the most dangerous stretch of road in the county, and sadly we have had tragedies at the location in the past."