Nenagh town manager Marcus O’Connor is not optimistic that the town council would be able to have lighting installed the entire length of the N52 bypass.
He told Cllr Hughie McGrath at the council’s September meeting that the while it would be preferrable to have it lit, it would only be done with the approval of the National Roads Authority.
However, the council is to press ahead with its plans to upgrade footpaths and roads around the town, including the footpaths out to Nenagh Leisure Centre and along the Borrisokane road from Cluain Chaoin to Drummin Village.
The council will also mark out a cycle way on Ashe Road and along St Conlon’s Road, Mr O’Connor revealed.
Welcoming the work, Cllr McGrath pointed out out that lighting was needed along the bypass to allow people walk it during the winter. “After dark, people are nervous,” he said. “It should be an aspiration in our development plan to light the N52.”
He further stated that the footpath outside the Abbey Court Hotel “doesn’t lend itself to showing how good our town is”.
Mr O’Connor agreed it was “in a poor condition”.
Cllr Virginia O’Dowd agreed with Cllr McGrath that the bypass should be fully lit.
However, Mr O’Connor said it would not be possible to include it in the current development plan, but it may be something the new municipal district council could work on.
The town manager told Cllr Tommy Morgan that the work the council was to carry out on Borrisokane road would “solve half the problem” in relation to the footpath. The council is in talks with landowners about the “last piece of the jigsaw, but we are nearly there”.