A new road in Portarlington that will relieve traffic congestion at a busy school road and housing estate is set to be completed by the end of March.
Cllr Tom Mulhall tabled a notice of motion at the Portarlington/Graiguecullen Municipal District meeting in February asking when the road in Portarlington from Ballymorris Road to the Portlaoise Road through Lansdowne will be open.
A written reply from Angela McEvoy, Senior Planner at Laois County Council, said the Kingscroft Developments have indicated that they intend to have works completed on this section of road by the end of March.
Cllr Mulhall welcomed this and said the traffic congestion at Sandy Lane and St Michael’s Park estate will be relieved once this new road is open to the public. He urged the council’s involvement in getting the road officially opened.
“The real problem here and the reason I am concerned about this road and getting it open as soon as possible is the congestion of traffic on the lane.
“St Michael’s Park is an estate right beside Sandy Lane and there’s a primary school there as well with 110 pupils attending that and there is huge traffic congestion and Sandy Lane is a two way at the moment.
“I was over there a few times and met the principal. The principal has to come out in the morning to get the children off the bus on Sandy Lane and escort them into the school off the busy public road he has to do the same at 2.30 pm when children are leaving school he gets out there and does lollipop man. He puts a huge amount of work into it to ensure the children are getting on the bus and off the bus.
“The residents of St Michael’s Park it’s not fair on them either there’s an accumulation of cars parked all along there on the side of that road inside Sandy Lane and to see this right road just about 100 metres back up along and it’s not open and its there now about I’d say for about the last ten years.
“It’s good to see we are making progress in getting it open I think this would be a huge benefit to Sandy Lane, the residents in St Michael’s Park and the school and the whole safety of the school issue as well," he said.
“I see March 31st there which is good but I would like to see Laois County Council’s involvement in getting in there and getting the road officially opened to the public,” he said.