THERE has been a significant development in prolonged campaign for safety measures to be implemented at the notorious Listry Bridge following confirmation that €200,000 has been allocated to start the process of process of replacing the existing structure.
Kerry Fine Gael TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, acknowledged that the bridge, on the R563 between Milltown and Killarney, is the scene of frequent collisions and the funding, which will facilitate site investigation works and design preparation, is the first step in the process to secure a wider and safer bridge.
“This is a significant milestone for Listry Bridge. This is the first step in the process to finally replace this bridge, which is dangerous and prone to flooding,” he said.
“I will continue to work hard with my colleagues to see the bridge becoming shovel ready and eligible for full construction as quickly as possible.”
Mayor of Killarney, Cllr John Sheahan, welcomed the fact that the department has responded so positively and so quickly following the recent and long-awaited submission by the county council.
“This funding will initiate the process to finally see the full replacement works proceed,” he added.
Killarney councillor Brendan Cronin, who has championed the Listry Bridge cause for several years, said it was an important step forward but he cautioned: “This allocation is to be welcomed but we must not get carried away”.
He said the site investigation allocation follows Kerry County Council submitting an appraisal application, with a preliminary design. to the department in July 2018.
“What R563 road users and people of Listry want to hear is that funding is in place and contract documents have been signed for the construction of a new bridge. That is the ultimate goal and only then will we see real improvements,” he added.
Cllr Cronin said: “I have been 20 years on Kerry County Council, highlighting, working and campaign at every opportunity for a new two-lane bridge for Listry and I will continue until it is achieved”.
The funding announcement has also been welcomed by Deputy Danny Healy-Rae.
“I am glad to have made representations about this in the Dáil chamber and Cllr Maura Healy-Rae has also been making continuous representations in Kerry County Council.
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