The unfinished Southern Circular Route around Portlaoise is considered one of the top five ‘missing links’ in the country.
Laois County Council have made it their “highest priority” to build the final piece of road, linking the Timahoe and Abbeyleix roads across ESB land, behind the Kyle Centre.
The road is estimated to cost €4.75 million, including land acquisition and undergrounding of ESB equipment, paid for by the government.
Director of services Kieran Kehoe says the road would benefit traffic to Portlaoise’s five new primary schools at Summerhill, which will have over 1800 children by 2015.
“We have been pushing this continually with the NRA and the Department of Transport. We have talked to Ministers Varadkar, Quinn and Hogan. Every opportunity we get, we are showing how we need this road,” he said.
The government reaction is “as positive as it can be”, he says.
“They have put this in the top four or five missing links in the county. It will be done should funds become available. The whole town would benefit,” said Mr Kehoe.