Councillors have welcomed the signing of contracts to buy land for the Carlow Northern Relief Road extension, known as the Link Road.
Cathaoirleach Cllr John Joe Fennelly thanked Laois County Council’s Kieran Kehoe and staff.
“I know you were working very hard on the tedious work in getting the Carlow NRR ready to go. You got through every problem, and it is very positive for Graiguecullen and all that side of Laois,” he said at the February council meeting.
County Hall will design the road inhouse.
“It will be managed by our senior engineers Orla Barrett and James Neville,” said Mr Kehoe, Director of Services for Infrastructure.
Site investigations are due to be underway.
The 800 metre Link Road will join the roundabout on the R430 Castlecomer Road to a new roundabout on the Numbers Road, in the future forming part of the Carlow Ring Road, helping to take heavy traffic out of Graiguecullen.