Lethal bends have seen their day

The route of the new road between Knockavota and Tinnahally

A MAJOR new roadway that will shorten the journey time between Milltown and Killorglin, as well as improving access on one of the busiest routes between the north and south of the county, will be officially opened on Friday, April 26.

The €10 million N70 Kilderry Bends Scheme has been developed by Kerry County Council in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

Minister Brendan Griffin

The new 3.5km section, between Knockavota and Tinnahally, will eliminate the bends which were listed as among the most dangerous in the country by the National Roads Authority.

It is estimated that over 6,500 vehicles will use the new road on a daily basis.

The upgrade of the N70 route is supported by objectives in successive County Development Plans, with the need being a specific objective since 2009. It is consistent with national policies for the development of the region and the county.

It will be officially opened by Minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, with Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Norma Foley and Transport Infrastructure Ireland CEO Michael Nolan at 12 noon.

The project was managed by the National Road Design Office in Castleisland and Kerry County Council and the contractors were Cork-based Sorensen Civil Engineering Ltd.

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