Up to €200,000 needed for new Portlaoise footpath

It will cost up to €200,000 to install a new footpath from Bloomfield Cross to the Dublin Road in Portlaoise.

It will cost up to €200,000 to install a new footpath from Bloomfield Cross to the Dublin Road in Portlaoise.

Mr Tom O’Carroll, senior executive engineer with Laois County Council, revealed the cost of the works at last week’s meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District, in response to a request from Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald.

Describing it as a substantial project, Mr O’Carroll said there was approximately 2000m of footpath required, which would cost between €150,000 to €200,000.

“Funding is an issue, maybe we can do a scaled down version,” he said.

“We should aim to have all orbital routes in the town with footpaths,” said Cllr Fitzgerald. “There would be an overall benefit to everyone in the area, there are people walking, running, children on their bikes. We should apply (for funding) and keep applying.”

Mr O’Carroll replied that national funding may be available for such works.

On the subject of roads, Cllr Willie Aird remarked that “the most used route is the one going past my own gate” at Fr Brown Avenue. “There’s very little room on it, it’s very dangerous.”

“That crossing is very dangerous,” agreed Cllr Fitzgerald.

It also emerged at the meeting that Laois County Council are currently conducting a rating survey of all roads in the county, to establish the roads in the greatest need of upgrade.

Mr Tom O’Carroll said that roads will be included as appropriate in next year’s programme.

He was responding to a motion from Cllr Aird, calling on the council to include in the surface dressing programme the road from Clonkeen Bridge through Clonkeen to the junction, and also a stretch of the Ballyfin Road, Portlaoise.

“I’d ask the engineer to take note of all the roads and come back and tell us the roads he won’t do,” said Cllr Aird.