Monday, May 15, 2023

By Suzanne Pender

FOOTPATHS on the Athy Road, Pollerton Road, Kennedy Avenue and Old Dublin Road are all earmarked for an upgrade. Town engineer Barry Knowles stated that these areas are next on the council’s programme of works, with ’98 Street, St Joseph’s Road and Tullow Street Upper soon to follow.

Mr Knowles indicated that the extension to the new section of the Barrow Track was now 95% complete, with a new pedestrian crossing and lighting to be installed. This will link the Barrow Track to the Athy Road, through the District Hospital and onto the Old Dublin Road.

Safety works at Four Lakes Retail Park that include a pedestrian crossing and lights are also near completion.

Cllr Fergal Browne asked about footpaths in Palatine village, pointing out that they are in “a dreadful condition” and “almost level with the road and dangerous”.

Cllr Adrienne Wallace asked about progress on a footpath at Maple Court and if there were any plans to ban HGVs on Tullow Street, pointing out that the footpaths are narrow and it was dangerous when such large vehicles were passing.

Mr Knowles said he would investigate the situation in Palatine, adding that while it wasn’t on the footpath programme list for 2023, it can be put on a future list. He also confirmed that Maple Court would be considered.

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