N81 up­grade will im­prove safety

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By EIMEAR DODD

WICK­LOW County Coun­cil has an­nounced the sign­ing of con­tracts for the long-awaited N81 Knock­roe Bend Re­align­ment Scheme.

The works will see the up­grad­ing of the N81 at Knock­roe Bend over ap­prox­i­mately 1 kilo­me­tre of road. It is ex­pected that the project will make this sec­tion of the N81, which has been the site of many col­li­sions, much safer for road users.

Com­ment­ing on the an­nounce­ment, Balt­in­glass Mu­nic­i­pal District Coun­cil­lor Patsy Glen­non said, ‘this is some­thing which we in Hol­ly­wood have been hear­ing about for gen­er­a­tions and now it’s at last about to hap­pen. The dan­ger­ous bend at Deering’s old shop in Knock­roe on N81 is to be by­passed at last. The con­tract is now signed to have the work car­ried out.’

The works on this stretch of the N81 are in­tended to im­prove road safety and re­duce the oc­cur­rence of col­li­sions by re­align­ing and widen­ing the road at this lo­ca­tion.

THE long-awaited N81 Knock­roe Bend Re­align­ment Scheme moved a step closer this week with the sign­ing of con­tracts for the project.

The scheme will see the up­grad­ing of the N81 at Knock­roe Bend over ap­prox­i­mately 1 kilo­me­tre of road. It is ex­pected that the works will make this sec­tion of the N81 much safer for road users.

The Knock­roe bend is lo­cated around 800m south of Hol­ly­wood Cross and 11 km south of Bless­ing­ton. The bend has been the scene of nu­mer­ous col­li­sions. Con­tracts for the works were signed by Wick­low County Coun­cil and Clon­mel En­ter­prises on Mon­day.

Com­ment­ing on the an­nounce­ment, Balt­in­glass Mu­nic­i­pal District Coun­cil­lor Patsy Glen­non said, ‘this is some­thing which we in Hol­ly­wood have been hear­ing about for gen­er­a­tions and now it’s at last about to hap­pen. The dan­ger­ous bend at Deering’s old shop in Knock­roe on N81 is to be by­passed at last. The con­tract is now signed to have the work car­ried out.’

Cathaoir­leach of Balt­in­glass MD, Cllr Gerry O’Neill also wel­comed the an­nounce­ment that the con­tract has been signed. ‘I’m elated that the project has moved to this stage of works. It’s long over­due and will be great for the area.’

The works on this stretch of the N81 are in­tended to im­prove road stan­dards, thereby im­prov­ing the road safety per­for­mance of this sec­tion of the N81 and re­duce the oc­cur­rence of col­li­sions by re­align­ing and widen­ing the road at this lo­ca­tion.

The main works con­tract is ex­pected to take around 72 weeks to com­plete. The N81 Knock­roe Bend scheme has been funded by Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Ire­land. In 2018, it was an­nounced that €2.5 mil­lion had been al­lo­cated for the works by the na­tional agency.

Cllr Patsy Glen­non.

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