Some road projects on track, others will have to wait

Progress is being made on several road projects around the county, but others will have to wait for funding or for approval before they are carried out.

Progress is being made on several road projects around the county, but others will have to wait for funding or for approval before they are carried out.

Giving an overview at the December meeting of Kilkenny County Council, director of services John Mulholland said of the Ballynaslee Road that all of the land acquisition was now complete, “and that is a great step forward.”

This means that “the council is now ready to proceed to tender as soon as possible,” he said, and “hopefully money will be made available next year.”

The works currently being carried out at Hennebry’s Cross are expected to be completed at the end of April, he said.

Ground investigations have been completed for a realignment of the Callan Road at Tennypark, but the roadworks themselves will have to wait a bit longer.

“We will be lucky to see money for land acquisition next year. I don’t think we will,” Mr Mulholland said, although he said it was positive that at least some of the preliminary works had been carried out.

Mr Mulholland said that works on the Kells Road, Kilkenny were “progressing satisfactorily” and that the council expected that there would be funding available next year.

Of the central access scheme through the city, Mr Mulholland said the contract documents were being drafted and that the scheme was due to go to tender next year. The construction period is expected to be 20-22 months, he said.

Regarding the proposed ring road northern crossing, an environmental impact statement is being considered by An Bord Pleanála.

Funding from the National Roads Authority has seen “a significant cut,” however, Mr Mulholland noted. “That will curtail a lot of projects,” he said.

A pedestrian bridge from John’s Quay to Bateman Quay in the city is due to be put in place in the summer, he said.