Senator Fiona O’Loughlin
Kildare Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has clarified developments in the planning and construction of the Athy Southern Distributor Road.
Senator O’Loughlin said; “The latest update on the Athy SDR route is that it is one of 12 national projects to be chosen to be expedited through the National Development Plan. 12 regional and local
road improvement projects were identified for development under the NDP including the Athy Southern Distributor Road.
“Implementation of the scheme is the responsibility of Kildare County Council. The total estimated cost of the scheme is €42 million and grant funding of €5.4 million has been provided by the
Department to date for the scheme.
Land acquisition for the scheme is underway, site and archaeological investigations have been carried out as well as the advance works. The council is now awaiting approval to proceed to the
tendering stage; a process that will probably take nine months.
“The aim of the scheme is to reduce traffic levels on the N78 through Athy, to provide an alternative safer route in the vicinity of the town and to improve accessibility, all of which are greatly needed. I
hope that being a part of the NDP will be a significant bonus to the project and that Athy will benefit from this improved infrastructure within the next few years.”