One of the ring road proposal routes is at this junction which residents say is already a busy junction PIC: Tony Keane
About 1,000 homes will be affected by the likely round of the planned Naas ring road.
The new road, estimated to cost €10.5m, will provide a link between Dublin Road and Blessington road. This route, together with the existing ring roads, will provide an orbital by-pass of the town. It’s estimated that 16,000 vehicles will use the route on a daily basis. 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 (known as route 6), which is 1-1.5kms longer, 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.
Christine O’Sullivan, a resident of Racecourse Gate, near the racecourse, argues that routes 1 and 2 are based on a development plan that “is over twenty years old.”
Apart from the residential areas closest to the where the route will start, Ms. O’Sullivan said that Sundays Well, MountainView, Woodlands, Bru na Riogh and Gleann na Riogh are also affected. “The inner relief road would be located at a four way junction and therefore the traffic build-up at the traffic lights (at the racecourse entrance) would be substantial as is evidenced on race days when the lights are turned off and a garda helps the flow of traffic.”
Given the proximity of of routes 1 and 2 to housing areas, strict speed limits would have to apply and speed ramps may be necessary because of the number of children living there,” said Ms. O’Sullivan.
She also suggested that exits from various estates will mean that there will be no free flow of traffic.
“Therefore the so-called inner relief road would not provide much relief to the person wishing to avoid traffic and arrive home quickly,” added Ms. O’Sullivan.
She also said there are concerns about noise, air pollution and the dangers of putting a main road through residential estates.
Ms. O’Sullivan said routes 1 or 2 “don’t actually provide a solution to the traffic build up” but will create further problems and increase the traffic in the town.
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