County Council in conjunction with Laois County Council and Waterways Ireland
are excited to announce the commencement of works to the proposed Barrow
Blueway which will run from Lowtown in Kildare, through the towns of Rathangan,
Monasterevin, Vicarstown to Athy.
Blueways are recreational outdoor activity
trails centred on the scenic environs of the waterways of Ireland. They offer a
range of activities, both on and alongside the water with cycling and walking
complementing the paddling trails. They offer experiences that are safe and
accessible to all.
upgrade is to provide a multi-activity 46km off-road, flat accessible, public
space and leisure route together with approved paddling trails for on water
access. The proposed upgrade will improve access to the beautiful Barrow Way,
both on and along the water, offering an enhanced experience to walkers,
cyclists, wheelchairs users, paddlers and families.
project entails the development of the Blueway through the following townlands;
Lowtown, Rathangan, Monasterevin, Vicarstown and Athy and outlying areas, along the route of the Grand Canal Barrow line and follows the
trackway along the river.
applies to Phase 1 of the works – works to towpath only. Phase 2 is due to
commence early 2021, which includes works to road crossings and safety works.
Phase 3 being 2 new footbridges at Rathangan and Athy.
works to Phase 1 are to commence on August 4th at Milltown Bridge,
approximately 3km north of Athy, with localised closures to facilitate the
upgrade of the towpath. The duration of works along the towpath this year will
be approximately 16 – 18 weeks. The works will be carried out in accordance
with all Environmental and Planning Conditions and under the oversight of an
Ecological Clerk of Works, to ensure any potential negative
environmental impacts are avoided and ecological
mitigation is implemented in accordance with legislation and best practice.
tourist attraction is due to be complete early 2022 and will not only offer a
huge economic boost, positively influencing economic growth opportunities, it will also increase that
sense of community, create exciting opportunities for both recreation
and ways to experience many of the community’s
interesting places from new perspectives.