One the road to faster access

Traffic gridlock on the Adare-Killarney road is a daily difficulty

SIGNIFICANT progress is being made with plans to ensure greater and faster access to Kerry through the provision of major new routes bypassing gridlocked towns and villages, Killarney business leaders have been assured.

Bottleneck towns, like Macroom on the N22 Cork-Kerry road and Adare on the N21, have created nightmare scenarios for motorists for decades with traffic backlogged for anything up to half an hour or more on busy weekends.

But at a recent meeting with Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce members, Kerry County Council’s Deputy Chief Executive, Charlie O’Sullivan, stressed that every effort was being made at local authority level to improve access to the county.

Junior Minister Brendan Grifffin has an influential role to play
Council official Charlie O’Sullivan briefed business leaders

“The Macroom-Ballyvourney bypass has been raised for a long number of years and my understanding is that the tenders will be awarded for that in 2019.

“The Adare bypass is going through the planning process and will be presented, I understand, to An Bord Pleanala in 2019. Both projects are very important for creating access into the county,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

Improved air access is also key and the senior council official said every support is being given to Kerry Airport, Shannon and Cork to optimise the market and ensure good access into the county.

“We’re working with our adjoining local authorities in a regional capacity to maximise the opportunities for the county and for the region,” Mr O‘Sullivan said.

Kerry TD Brendan Griffin, who has an influential role as Minister of State at the Department of Transport, confirmed in December that the tenders for the N22 Macroom-Ballyvourney bypass were about to be published and it is listed as a priority project under the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 plan. The contract will be awarded in the spring with construction on the road to begin this year.

Planning permission for the Adare bypass is now expected to be lodged with An Bord Pleanála in the first quarter of 2019.

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