The long-awaited Macroom to Ballyvourney bypass is “near shovel ready” and yellow jackets will be on the road in January, Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, told councillors at a meeting in Tralee.
Mr Griffin, who said he was the only government TD in the county, was among the five Kerry TDs answering councillors’ questions at a meeting of the county council.
The bypassing of the town of Macroom, on the N22, which will eliminate delays, is vital for Kerry people and for tourists and industrialists. It has been promised often, but not delivered, the meeting was told.
Earlier this summer, Transport Infrastructure Ireland officials said it had been shelved because of funding. A head of steam has built up in Kerry since and all TDs have come under pressure to lobby for the works, particularly Mr Griffin, who pledged before the general election to deliver the project.
In Tralee, Mr Griffin said that it is one of the few “near-shovel-ready projects” in the country. Cork County Council are ordering preparatory work and this will be visible shortly, with works to get underway in 2017.
“I’ve always maintained there is no reason this should not start sooner rather than later,” the TD said. TII has acknowledged the necessity for the projects, Mr Griffin also said.
Meanwhile, the contract for €8m of works has been awarded for the construction of two new sections of the N86 road, between Tralee and Dingle. The contract, for the major improvement works between Lispole and Ballynasare, and between Ballygarret and Camp, has been awarded to Kerry-based Allman Contracts Ltd and Mid-Cork Tarmacadam Ltd, operating as a joint venture. The project is underway and will take around 18 months to complete.
The works will continue the improvements of recent years on the main national route on the Dingle Peninsula, which is a primary tourism artery. Funding for the scheme — measuring 4km in total, across both sections — is from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).
The project will include a continuation of a cycleway and pedestrian facility.
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