Already the subject of extensive public consultation, the preferred corridor for the long-promised new route on the N22 Killarney-Farranfore road is expected to be revealed next August or September at which time further public feedback will be invited.
The alternative routes are currently being appraised and the liaison officer appointed to the project is Kevin Keane of Jacobs Engineering Ireland Ltd, a brother of former Kerry team trainer Peter Keane.
At a special roads meeting of Killarney Municipal District Council this week, senior roads engineer Paul Curry, said the options are now being considered and, following that, there will be discussions with the relevant landowners along the preferred corridor.
The proposed new road, which will be 27km in length, is seen as the long-term solution to Killarney’s growing traffic problems with regular gridlock throughout the season.
Jacobs Engineering Ireland Ltd were appointed to spearhead the project in March 2020 and the first public consultation took place in May and June 2021.
A traffic counting exercise, to ascertain just how busy the road is, was recently completed and, the meeting heard, an application for the project is expected to be submitted to An Bord Pleanála in 2024.
A grant of €800,000 has been approved this year to progress the design to the next stage.
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