€200,000 will go a long way towards tackling danger junction

Finnegan’s Cross is to finally be tackled

A FUND of €200,000 has been approved to upgrade a notorious accident blackspot on the outskirts of Killarney.

The allocation has been rubber-stamped for Finnegan’s Cross in Kilcummin under the government’s 2021 safety improvement works for regional and local roads.

The junction at Finnegan’s Cross is acknowledged as one of the most dangerous in the county and it has been the scene of several terrible accidents, some of them fatal, in recent years.

A husband and wife both lost their lives following an early morning crash there in January 2020.

Cllr Marie Moloney, who lives in Kilcummin, has been highlighting the condition of the road and the dangers that exist there for several years and she has welcomed today’s allocation.

Cllr Marie Moloney: Raised the issue repeatedly

She had even arranged a meeting at the dangerous road, attended by senior gardai and county council officials, to highlight her concerns and to point out the dangers at the scene.

“This is an issue I have been working on for some time so I am delighted that, at last this dangerous junction can now be made safer,” Cllr Moloney told KillarneyToday.com.

Other roads allocated funding the scheme include the L3014  Shrone-Gortderrig Bridge (€120,000), the R570Dromcarban Bridge (€70,000) and Gortnamacknee Road in Waterville (€100,000).

Under the specific improvement grants, €30,000 has been allocated to upgrade the R563 Listry Bridge while €450,000 will be spent on upgrading the road from Clash Cross to Ballymullen in Tralee.

Elsewhere, €274,400 has been approved for a pavement overlay project on the former N21 route at Bawnluskaha, Castleisland.

The funding is part of an overall €29.5 million package for the maintenance and renewal of the road network in Kerry, announced this Monday.

Several local councillors have welcomed the allocation for the local roads and Cllr Maura Healy-Rae said she was particularly pleased to see the funding approved for Listry Bridge, Dromcarbin Bridge, Glenflesk, Gortdarrig Bridge, Shrone and Finnegan’s Cross.

“Clarification regarding the local improvement scheme is awaited as funding for this scheme wasn’t specified in this announcement,” she said.

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