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€14.5m for Carlow and Kilkenny for National Roads, Active Travel and Greenways

Over €14.5 million is headed to Carlow and Kilkenny this year for the improvement and maintenance of national roads and design of greenways. This is a significant investment in Carlow-Kilkenny’s transport network, especially in improving walking and cycling infrastructure.

There are three strands to the funding announced today:

  • Road improvements including footpath works

  • Road maintenance

  • Design of new greenways

Most of the funding is earmarked for improvements to existing roads and footpaths, including €1 million for the N81 Ballyoliver to Rathvilly footpath scheme in Carlow and €2 million for the N76 Callan bypass footpath in Kilkenny.

There is also significant investment in minor improvement works and everyday maintenance such as making roads safer by providing winter maintenance and public lighting which are both essential for people’s safety on our streets and roads.

Included in the €14.5 million is also €575,000 for design work on local greenways. In Kilkenny, a new greenway is planned to link Inistioge, Slieverue and Glenmore to the South East Greenway in Kilkenny which will bring huge economic benefits to the extremely scenic southern regions of Kilkenny.

In Carlow, the Barrow Valley Greenway is planned from Bagenalstown to Palace East. This would be of huge benefit to the whole South Carlow region and will rejuvenate our towns and villages by showcasing our natural and built heritage.


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