People in a Co Kildare town are 'over the moon' at the announcement that a road which will cost €34million to construct has been given the go-ahead.
Today's decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission for the Athy Distributor Road is widely welcomed in a town that is being 'stifled by traffic problems.'
However, while welcoming today's major announcement, Sinn Féin Cllr Thomas Redmond is concerned that the €34million was not allocated in this week's budget, but there was funding for the Sallins Bypass.
It is planned that the road links the N78 Kilkenny Road to the south west of the town centre to a new roundabout to the east of Athy town. The new 3.2km road includes bridges over the River Barrow and Dublin Waterford railway line.
Cllr Redmond said:"People are over the moon in Athy. Getting the funding now has to be the focus."
Planning has been granted on condition that environmental impacts are met.
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