Route selection for Athy Ring Road on display

Athy Ring Road

By Paula Campbell

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By Paula Campbell

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paula@leinsterleader.ie

Route selection for Athy Ring Road on display

Athy Council offices

The route section report for the Athy Distributor Road went on display last week and will remain on display until November 18 next.

It is available for viewing at the council offices in Athy, Athy library and the council offices at Aras Cill Dara in Naas.

The preferred route -dubbed C2 - is laid out in the report, along with all the other proposed routes for the long awaited ring road.  The aim of which is to alleviate traffic through Athy town centre.

According to the report town traffic volumes reach 15,400 vehicles per day at the single crossing of the River Barrow, which is a candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC). This concentration of traffic results in journey times in excess of 50% due to  long bottle necks. Road safety is highlighted also as a particular concern with a total of 80 accidents in the Athy area in the period 2005-2012, resulting in 116 casualties. Of these a high proportion are pedestrian related.

The report will remain on display for public viewing until November 18 next.