A start date for the controversial Rathbride link road in Kildare town is due to be announced soon.
The Kildare Area Committee meeting heard last Wednesday May 14 that the contract documents and drawings were currently being re-examined by the Roads Design Department in the council.
Officials said tenders would have to be re-issued but funding was in place for the scheme. The meeting was informed that the members of the next Municipal District will be updated on the proposed start date.
Cllr. Suzanne Doyle had asked for an update and if the resurfacing of the Dunmurray Road could be included in the project.
Officials said drainage works had recently been carried out on the road.
“The area office accepts that there is a requirement to undertake resurfacing works on the road and is pursuing an avenue of potential funding. It is hoped that information on the availability of funding will be obtained in the coming week. The committee will be advised of the outcome,” said the council.
The new Rathbride link road is due to run through estates across from the Kildare Town Community School. Some of the residents living in those estates have campaigned against the road.
They are fearful about increased traffic and speeding and the possible dangers posed to children out playing in those areas.