Above: The outskirts of Naas town
A route for the proposed Naas Inner Relief Road is expected to be chosen in coming weeks - but hundreds of local residents remain vehemently opposed to the controversial project.
A large public meeting held in the Osprey Hotel on April 30 heard of a reduction in quality of life and property values in residential areas if wither Route 1 or 2 is chosen.
These population areas affected include: Mountain View, Sunday's Well, The Paddocks, Elmwood, Woodlands, Kingsfurze, Kings Court, The Gallops and Racecourse Gate, as well as areas of Monread and Tipper Road.
One resident said: "This road was first planned for Naas around 20 years ago when the population of the town at the time was 11,000 people – and it may have been fit for purpose.
"However more recently-compiled estimates show that Naas is set to grow to 29,000 people by 2024 – so this Relief Road makes very little sense now due to large population areas along the routes."
The Council believes that the project will alleviate the current traffic congestion and delays experienced in Naas Town Centre, on the existing R445 Dublin Road and the R410 Blessington Road.
It is estimated that the completion of the Road could also facilitate the construction of hundreds of new houses in Naas by 2021.
Issues around the proposed development will be raised at the next meeting between councillors with Council officials on June 19.
Cllr Seamie Moore has tabled a motion that a motorway Ride and Park facility located off the M7 near Naas would reduce traffic in and around the town.
He added: "This would enable essential vehicle movement on a less congested motorway to Dublin."
The councillor called for the Council to open negotiations on the matter with the Transport Infrastructure Ireland, National Roads Authority or Dublin Transport Authority.
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