The opening is the Athy Southern Distributor Road is expected to be in four years and one month's time/
Cllrs. were issued up-dated time-lines at a special meeting yesterday.
The scheme was first mooted in the 1970s; planning permission was granted last year.
Soil sampling along the route will begin in March, and will be followed by an archaeological assessment in April, and enabling works beginning in May.
Labour Cllr. in the Athy Municipal District, Mark Wall, says he and his colleagues will ensure that, if any time can be saved in the project, it will be