Minister Donohoe opens the N77 Ballynaslee Realignment Road

22nd October, 2015

New road will improve road safety and capacity


Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, today (Thursday) formally opened the N77 Ballynaslee Realignment Scheme in Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny saying the new scheme would improve road safety in the area and enhance capacity on a road that is of significant importance to the regional economy. This project provides for an improved, realigned 2km section of the N77, which removes a significantly sub-standard section of the existing road and allows for safer overtaking.


“The realignment of this stretch of road was required in order to upgrade the previous road. The delivery of a road network that allows us to move around easily is important, so too is the quality of the roads we travel on and our ability to move around them safely.


Improving transport connectivity between our cities and towns plays a crucial part in our economic recovery. This scheme is located immediately north of the Glanbia dairy processing site in Ballyragget, which is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and is of significant importance to the local economy. Improving road access in this way is important in retaining, developing and attracting businesses like Glanbia within the region.


“This road was part of a Government stimulus programme which was initiated last year and was allocated €200,000 in funding this year from Transport Infrastructure Ireland. I would like to thank all involved in the delivery of this scheme for their efforts.  I would also like to thank the members of the public for the patience they showed while works were being carried out. Overall, this year, we have allocated over €760m for the national, regional and local road network across Ireland, with a continuing emphasis on the upkeep and maintenance of our route network.”