Kildare County Council have announced two major pieces of work to take place in the coming weeks for Caragh. The narrow bridge will be closed for the October bank holiday weekend to allow for some emergency maintenance while ground work on a new footpath is to start in mid November.
Caragh Footpath: Having raised the question at the October Naas Municipal meeting, I was informed by the district engineer that the council hope to have a contractor on site in November to begin work on a new footpath from the village to the church. This project has been in the pipeline for a while and I must thank the councillors who also sat on the last council for continuing to push for it with me. In particular Fintan Brett has also been very vocal on the need to provide this path for the village.
Caragh Bridge: From Saturday until Monday evening of the October Bank Holiday the narrow bridge will be closed to traffic to allow the council to undertake some emergency maintenance. The bridge, which is the oldest over the Liffey, has been struck several times in the past. This work will focus on strengthening the parapets of the bridge to ensure it continues to be safe to use. Diversions will be in place through Thomastown. HGVs will be encouraged to take other routes where possible.