The walkway by the Triogue River in Portlaoise
The cash has been secured to kickstart work on the Triogue Walkway/Cycle Route that will run through Portlaoise town centre.
Work is expected to begin early in the new year with phase one of the cycleway expected to be completed by September 2019.
The cycleway/walkway will run from the Leisure Centre through the town and out to the school campuses in Aghnaharna. Portlaoise councillors have welcomed the cycleway.
Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald said it is great to make use of the main amenity in the town.
“This was one of the aims that the town team set out early in the plan I think it is fantastic.
“This will all be a huge benefit to the schools, a lot of people when the weather is good they want to walk or bring children on bikes to school. It is a fantastic facility, we only have the River Triogue, it is the main amenity in our town, this is starting to make the best use possible that we can of our main amenity and I am absolutely delighted, we talked about it for years but this is the start of it, it’s very very positive and it's really good news for all the children and young people especially in the area,” she said.
Cllr Willie Aird said times are changing back to the ways they were as more people are turning to cycling as a mode of transport.
“We are just going to have to accept that we are turning back the clock and we are going to see more cyclists on the road and I think it is absolutely fantastic to see.
“The schools are promoting cycling for healthy wellbeing and I am delighted that Laois County Council is grabbing the bull by the horns saying we want to be part of this and have all our cycle lanes in place,” he said.
Director of Services at Laois County Council, Kieran Kehoe, said the cycleway will have a unique design element.
“Portlaoise will be unique in that it will have this tree-lined cycle path, it will be something that will be completely unique to have this in the centre of a town the size of Portlaoise,” he said.