The narrowing of a stretch of the Dublin Road near the Lacken area of the city has been carried out both to reduce traffic speed and to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians, according to a Kilkenny County Council official.
“The footpath was insufficiently wide to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians,” director of services John Mulholland said at a meeting of the council’s committee on transportation and infrastructure.
The goal was also to reduce the speed of traffic travelling along the stretch of road, he said, noting that the road was previously a national road but has become a regional road since the motorway opened.
Although one lane appears to be too narrow while works are still being carried out, he pointed out that the width of the road is still over the standard 6.5 metres.
“It is narrower than what it was but it is within regulation,” Mr Mulholland said.