Newly installed footpaths are nearing completion in the town of Ballymahon.
The footpath stretch from the town, along the Athlone Road and out to the Kepak meat plant which is based on the outskirts of the town. The move is one that has been welcomed locally as that particular stretch of road had become dangerous in recent times.
“This is a very dangerous stretch of the N55 and the installation of new footpaths along the Athlone Road out to Kepak is indeed a welcome development,” local area representative in Ballymahon, Cllr Barney Steele (FF) added. “The work is almost complete and that is good news. In the past, there has been many accidents on that particular stretch of the road and we also had one fatality in recent times, so the footpaths are very necessary there.”
Cllr Steele went on to say that Kepak was to “commended” for its very generous contribution to the roadworks. “It was a condition in the company’s recent planning permission which saw an investment of over €13m in the up grading of the plant at Rathmore, Ballymahon,” the local councillor explained, adding that the move also secured over 200 jobs in the Ballymahon area.