N20 To Change The Maigueside
The Woodlands House for the Maigueside Region was the venue last week for the very important public viewing of the designs and proposed routes for the new motorway to replace the existing N20 between Kileens Cross near Blarney ,Co.Cork to Adare in Co .Limerick.This is part of the National Development Plan 2007-2013 for this side of the country http://www.ndp.ie Submissions are been taken from farmers and householders as regards their optional routes.There are six possible routes so for the farmers and houseowners a stressful time ahead as the preferred route is to be announced in October.
The NDP has more positive news for Limerick.
· Great Southern Trail Cycle Route – Grant aid of 75% of eligible expenditure, up to a maximum of €422,164, towards the development of cycling trails. This funding has been approved in respect of work to:
1) Join up the existing sections by developing the 8km from Newcastle West to Barnagh. County Limerick will then have a safe cycling trail from Ardagh to Abbeyfeale approximately 26km in length. While there are minor road cross-overs, the only break in continuity in the trail is a section of about 1km on the N21 at Barnagh due to road developments and the separation of the Barnagh Tunnel. Thus one is traversing a long safe section of non-motorised trail, parallel to the main traffic route to Kerry. The work will involve clearing, draining, fencing, surfacing, bridge-repair, gates, wheelchair-friendly stiles, signage and information boards. The surface will be rolled gravel. This surface is accessible for people with disabilities(easy railway gradient).
2) Upgrade the 4km line from Newcastle West to Ardagh with a tarred finish.