Reports from Athy Area July 2014

Councillors Breslin andWall
That given the recent positive news from the Minister for Transport regarding the proposed Southern Distributor Road in Athy, can the council confirm if they have finalised a design team for the road and what plans they have put in place to ensure that this badly needed piece of infrastructure for the town can be submitted for planning permission in the quickest possible time.
Report :.. Kildare County Council has been, and will continue to be, in regular contact with the Department of Transport (DTTas) regarding the progression of the Athy Southern Distributor Road project. The DTTaS has indicated that funding is available for the planning phase of this project (CPO) and it is hoped to bring that phase to conclusion in 2016. In order to commence the planning phase it will be necessary to put in place certain resources, i.e. the recruitment of a project team and procurement of an Engineering Services contract, and this process will commence shortly.

Councillor Wall
That the council immediately move to carry out remedial work on the back lane at Drogheda Street, Monasterevin.
Report: The Western Area Office Roads Crew will add this works to the list for attention.

Councillor Wall
Can the council confirm the up-to-date position with the proposed footpaths at Shanrath, Athy and to Castlevilla Soccer Club, Castledermot?
Report : Work has commenced on Shanrath footpath, Athy. Discussions are under way to progress works with Castlevilla Soccer club, Castledermot.

Councillor Wall
Can the council immediately carry out a safety audit on Duneany Cross, Kildangan given the concerns expressed by local residents.
Report : In 2011/12 Kildare County Council carried out alterations to the junction following receipt of a grant from the NRA in relation to low cost safety measures. The works involved advanced warning signs and road markings of the junction to improve visibility for motorists.
Currently visibility for motorists exiting the Killeen side of the junction is poor. The area office will examine the junction to see if further measures can be carried out to improve the current situation. Due to budget constraints the measures being considered will be low cost. In the event of land purchase or significant realignment required, external funding will have to be sought

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