Kildare County Council offices
A significant number of residents are expected to object to the ring road planned for Naas.
The ring road will connect Dublin Road with the Blessington road.
The new road, along with the ring routes connecting Blessington Road-Newbridge road and Newbridge Road-Sallins Road, will provide a completed by-pass of Naas.
However residents living in the Dublin Road area are objecting on the basis that the routes will bring more traffic closer to their homes.
Kildare County Council is considering three routes. Two ( 1 and 2) start at the entrance to the Monread residential area and pass on the Naas Racecourse side of The Gallops, Kings Court and Woodlands, exiting between Elmwood and AIB centre on Blessington Road.
Another route (6) is proposed to leave Dublin Road on the town side of the entrance to Naas Industrial Estate and pass on the opposite side of racecourse, shaving off part of the track and eventually exiting at Blessington Road on the Blessington side of Oak Glade.
A Kings Court resident told the Leader that Route 6 “is the least worst option”.
He also said that towns like Kilkenny and Carlow have ring roads that don’t travel as close to populated areas.
These residents have already made a submission to KCC highlighting concerns ranging from vehicle numbers to traffic jams as well as air and noise pollution.
They say that residents elsewhere in the town, like Sunday’s Well, Mountain View, Ballycane and Craddockstown will also be impacted by the route. Some residents have contacted Naas councillors who will have a say on the eventual route chosen as well as TDs, including James Lawless.
When plans were first drawn up over a decade ago, more routes (eight in all) were considered - but it’s likely now that the route chosen will one of these three.
It’s estimated that 16,000 vehicles will travel the new road every day and residents claim that heavy goods vehicles are likely to use it in relative proximity to residential areas.
Submissions made will be now reviewed by KCC and this will be followed by the selection of the chosen route and a planning application to build it.