Preparation work has already started on the largest single infrastructure project for many years in Kilkenny city and environs, the completion of the outer Ring Road. Envionment Minister, Phil Hogan has confirmed that the funding for the 44 million scheme is in place.
This follows news that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the most crucial part of the project, the major River Nore crossing between the Castlecomer road and the Freshford road, costing E17 million has been sent ot An Bord Pleanala for adjudication.
Government approval for the huge project was approved at yesterday’s (Tuesday) Cabinet meeting. It forms part of the NRA’s national capital programme works for the next five years.
“This will help give us a huge boost economically and will generate cash in the local economy,” Minister Hogan said. “It will also position us to exploit the growth expected to come and we already know that in Kilkenny there is demand for housing again,” he said.