Fatal Ballynaslee Road moves step closer to realignment

A DANGEROUS stretch of road in North Kilkenny, where a number of lives have been lost in traffic accidents over the years, is to take another step toward a total realignment to improve its safety and driveability.

A DANGEROUS stretch of road in North Kilkenny, where a number of lives have been lost in traffic accidents over the years, is to take another step toward a total realignment to improve its safety and driveability.

The Ballynaslee Road at the Laois county boundary has been the subject of serious concern for several years now, due to its substandard alignment, width and visibility. A detail design is to now take place with a view to ultimately realigning two kilometres of the N77 road.

Kilkenny County Council has arranged an information session to advise local residents and landowners regarding the likely progress of the scheme in the next twelve months or so. Correspondence has now been issued to each landowner affected by the scheme, or living in the immediate vicinity of the scheme, inviting them to attend the information meeting to be held tomorrow (Thursday) May 10, from 2pm to 6pm.

The meeting will take place in Canon Malone Hall in Ballyragget, where county council staff will be present to advise landowners, residents and anyone interested of the current status of proposed improvement works to this dangerous section of road.

Local Labour Party councillor Maurice Shorthall says that the works will require more than €4 million to proceed, and that the upcoming detail design was a step forward for the project.

“This is the number one priority in the north of the county at the moment,” he said.

“Local residents have every right to feel aggrieved about how long it is taking to progress. Once this detail design is done, the ball will be in the court of the Minister for the Environment and the National Roads Authority to provide the funding.”

The works are due to be funded as part of a number of schemes, including the Callan Road realignment at Tennypark and a new roundabout at the Hennebry’s Cross junction, which is also along the N77

The money has been 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.