N77 - Suggestion to upgrade road between Dunmore and the Castlecomer Roundabout.

Uimhir Thagarta Uathúil: 

12. Movement and Mobility

The road has a huge volume of daily traffic, coming into Kilkenny from North Kilkenny and beyond. It is the road used by the extremely busy Glanbia plant in Ballyragget  for their lorries travelling to the Bellview Plant. The road also has to accomodate all traffic coming from the West and midlands travelling to the South East, as well as traffic coming from the East of the country going in a south westerly direction (towards Waterford for example).

Main opinion: 

The N77 road between the Castlecomer Roundabout and Dunmore is a very dangerous road catering for large volumes of traffic. The road has been neglected for years and we can't recall any upgrade works being carried out in living memory. All other main roads into Kilkenny have been upgraded in recent years (which is great to see). This road is dangerous and is not conducive to encouraging people to walk/cycle to school or work. At present it is unsafe to attempt to walk or to cycle from Dunmore Village to Kilkenny.

The planned biodiversity park will hopefully be a huge asset to this part of Kilkenny. The provision of footpaths and cycle paths out to Dunmore would give safe access on foot or by bike to large population of people that live just inside the ring road and in the city environs.

Main requests: 

We request that the N77 road between the Castlecomer Roundabout and Dunmore Village be upgraded - widened, provision of cycle and footpaths and lighting.

Main reasons: 

At present this stretch of road is dangerous and not fit for purpose.

Also, the changes suggested would lead to an increase in children walking/cycling to school and in adults walking/cycling to work in Kilkenny, as well as allowing access to the proposed biodiversity park on foot or by bike, instead of by car for people living in Kilkenny City.

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