Approval – and €4.5m – to be sought for new bridge

Cllr Michael Cahill: concerns over bridge safety

APPROVAL is to be sought from Transport Infrastructure Ireland for a new bridge to replace a dangerous structure close to Glenbeigh National School on the main Ring of Kerry road.

Cllr Michael Cahill said lives have been lost and numerous collisions have occurred at the s-shaped Behy Bridge and a new bridge is urgently required.

Kerry County Council’s National Road Design Office has developed a number of route options aimed primarily at removing a series of low radius bends associated with a perpendicular crossing of the River Behy as well as improving the alignment on both approaches to the crossing.

All proposals for the N70 project, which will involve the construction of a new bridge, have been appraised and the emerging preferred route is approximately 1.85km in length which carried a price tag of €4.5 million.

Approval from TII will be sought to proceed with the Part 8 planning process later this year following consultation with affected parties. Construction work, which would be likely to last for 12 months, could commence the following year, subject to the necessary approvals and the availability of funding.

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