The Kennyswell Road, from the Dominic Street Junction to Rothe Terrace, is set to undergo a full realignment, to include a widened carriageway, new street lighting and parking bays.
The 500m stretch of road will be 6.6m wide, and will entail upgraded footpaths and two raised pedestrian crossing points. In addition, the existing overhead power lines are to be removed, and Heavy Goods Vehicles will be allowed to travel in the outbound direction only.
The proposal has now entered a period of public consultation, with submissions and observations welcome. At the September meeting of Kilkenny Borough Council, councillors greeted the proposal with some words of caution.
“I welcome this – it is about a Part 8 process, and this time, there will be full consultation with the public,” said Cllr Joe Reidy (FF).
“I would be a bit wary it will cause traffic to move down a street. I wouldn’t want people using the old Callan Road or Stephen’s Street instead.”
Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Green Party) said the plans would go some way towards addressing the present dangerous situation.
“I do hope, however, that a long-term solution can be found to solve the HGV problem on the road,” he said.
“This will help, but it won’t eliminate traffic.”
Fine Gael councillor David Fitzgerald asked whether anything could be done regarding noise from the road affecting locals, such as acoustic panels.
“The residents of Teresa Terrace/Rothe Terrace have suffered from road noise,” he said.
“Has tis been considered as part of the scheme or what can be done?”
Senior engineer for the borough council Kieran Fitzgerald said that it would be taken into consideration.
“The use of acoustic panels wouldn’t be appropriate in this case,” he said.
“But we could look at surfacing as a method of addressing it.”
Mr Fitzgerald also said that all schemes such as this entail extensive planting in the vicinity.
The plans for the proposal are available for inspection at City Hall, Monday to Friday until October 26. Submissions and observations regarding the plans should be sent in writing to Town Clerk Brian Tyrrell before November 16.