Funding of €7.8 million means that progress will be made this year on the Callan Road realignment at Tennypark, the realignment of the N77 at Ballynaslee and a new roundabout at the Hennebry’s Cross junction, according to Kilkenny County Council.
The money is being granted to the council by the National Roads Authority (NRA) for works on national primary roads. The council’s total allocation for national and non-national roads this year is €17.7 million.
Works to take place this year include “site investigation” and preparation of maps for compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) for the necessary lands at Tennypark, according to director of services John Mulholland. The tenders and physical works will not be able to take place this year because the council has not yet acquired the land needed.
For the Ballynaslee realignment, the council is hoping to purchase the necessary land this year and is also preparing a required “Natura impact statement.”
The council has acquired the land for the Hennebry’s Cross roundabout including public lighting and a bus bay, so it is hoped to go to tender and begin the physical works this year, Mr Mulholland said.
The allocation from the NRA also covers progress on the N78 Damerstown improvement scheme and resurfacing works from the city ring road out to Hennebry’s Cross junction at the N77/N78 Ballyragget and Castlecomer Roads, among other projects.