Tenders received in relation to a proposed overbridge for the N24 Piltown bypass are currently being assessed, with a view to a recommendation being submitted to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) by the end of the year.
In the Dail last week, local TD Bobby Aylward questioned the Minister for Transport Shane Ross on what progress there has been on the works, and if he would make a statement on the matter. A section of the road in question has been a blackspot for years.
Responding, Minister Ross said work has progressed to the point where Kilkenny County Council has tendered for consultancy services relating to the proposed upgrade. It is understood that the council received tenders on November 10, and that the council is currently carrying out a tender assessment with a view to submitting a recommendation to TII for approval before the end of the year.
"I know the Deputy has particular concerns about the section of the N24 near Piltown and has raised this issue with me on a regular basis. I also visited the area to see this section of road for myself," said Minister Ross.
Deputy Aylward has welcomed the update.
In addition, interim safety works on the bypass are substantially completed.
"As the Deputy knows, TII has provided funding to Kilkenny County County to implement some interim safety improvement measures at the Inkbottle Junction and the Tower Road Junction," said Minister Ross.
"I understand from TII that these safety works are substantially completed with the exception of some additional signage which will be in place by the end of this month."