It will take years to complete but the beginning of the end is finally in sight for the traffic gridlock nightmare at Adare which can add up to an hour – on a good day – to the return journey for motorists travelling to and from Kerry and Dublin.
Planning permission has today been granted for the Adare Bypass and new Foynes to Limerick road and after much deliberation, An Bord Pleanála has opted to give the go ahead to the 35km development.
It will comprise a 15.6 km dual carriageway from Foynes to Rathkeale and 17.5km of motorway from Rathkeale to the existing motorway near Limerick city.
Once construction work is complete, it will significantly improve commuting times between Kerry and Dublin and put an end to years of frustration encountered by drivers trying to negotiate their way through a gridlocked Adare.
Kerry TD, Michael Healy-Rae described today’s decision as a game-changer.
“For far too long access to Kerry has been stifled both from the N22 via Macroom and the N22 via Adare” he said.
“With N22 upgrade almost complete and today’s news in relation to the N21, it will massively increase accessibility to our great county for both tourism activity and further bolstering opportunities of job creation within the county.
“This is a good day for Kerry,” Deputy Healy-Rae stated.
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