THE much anticipated upgrade of the Edenderry - Enfield road [R402] will now proceed bringing the long awaited confirmation that the road’s improvement will get the green light.
€26 million has been approved towards the construction phase by the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, TD and will greatly improve the connectivity between Edenderry and the M6 at Enfield.
The works are expected to commence within the next two months and be completed in 2014. The purpose of the project is to replace a very sub-standard road with an upgraded carriageway road of approximately 12 km with an estimated 4,850 vehicles per day of which 5% are HGVs. It is estimated that €10 million has already been spent on the project to date.
Welcoming the news, Cllr Nichola Hogan enthused it was great news for Edenderry and for all the surrounding areas and the long awaited confirmation that the works will now proceed.
The Edenderry councillor hoped that the contractor for the works will use as many local subcontractors and take on local employees in as far as possible. “I have pursued this matter vigorously since my election to Offaly Council and am delighted that Minister Varadkar has recognised the urgent need for the works to be carried. Once completed, Edenderry will be a much more appealing town for new business and industry.”
Deputy Barry Cowen was delighted that the Minister had adhered to and honoured the commitment of the previous government to progress this important project for the region. “I believe the construction of this connection to the M6 will open an important corridor for the midlands, which I believe can have significant economic benefits into the future.”
The Laois/Offaly TD complimented the officials and members of both Offaly and Kildare County Councils, particular those in the Edenderry area, who have worked hard and lobbied for this project to progress the various phases.
Cllr Liam Quinn expressed his satisfaction with the decision to approve the road’s tender. Speaking at Offaly County Council’s monthly meeting, Cllr Connie Hanniffy welcomed the “good news” for the area.
Cllr Noel Bourke said it was “badly needed” for the are and will give better access to Edenderry and area. “I am looking forward to the work going ahead,” the Edenderry councillor enthused.
Cllr John Foley was delighted with the news and took the opportunity to thank both Councils involved in the project. “It has been a long time and will open up the area,” he added.