Kildare Co. Co. gritter comes unstuck in Kill village, Saturday morning in the impossible conditions. Photo Tony Keane.
Last night the council issued a call for more farmers and other machinery owners to help with road clearing across the county with many rural communities cut off as the local authority prioritised main routes and then set out to tackle regional roads.
So far the following roads in Kildare have been cleared and are passable:
Kilmeague to Allenwood road cleared
Alert Robertstown village area now cleared
Alert Edenderry to Rathangan road now passable
The Maynooth to Straffan road is closed for two hours from 2pm for safety reasons.
The Sallins to Clane road has been cleared and is now passable.
R417, R428, R418, R427, R415, R414, R445. R448, R747 and R424.
The N78 from M9 motorway through Athy to the Laois boundary has also been cleared.
Last night, work was ongoing on the Allenwood to Kilmeague road to improve access
Efforts were continuing to clear the Newbridge to Kilmeague road last night at Allen Cross area
Kilcullen to Newbridge road passable
Athgarvan to Newbridge road passable
Rathangan to Lullymore road passable
Kildare County Council has carried out works to improve access around the Curragh to Suncroft area
"While a number of roads around the county are now passable, motorists are reminded to continue to drive with extreme caution as the road width is reduced in places, sometimes down to one lane. There is also the possibility of pedestrians walking on roads," said the council.
Eighteen council trucks, 30 tractor powered ploughs, JCBs and other machinery have been working hard to get all roads open again in the county.
The Rathangan to Newbridge Road (via Dunmurry)is now open
Kildare County Council out in Kill village, Saturday morning, March 3. Photo Tony Keane.
Dermot Tougher and Con Vaugh were out and about in Kill Village and surrounds helping where they could during the snow, pictured Saturday, March 3. Photo Tony Keane