€20m road set to slash Cork-Tralee journey times

THE journey time between Cork and Tralee continues to decrease, with improvements to the N22 road.

The latest development is the opening of a 4-kilometre stretch of the Killarney/Tralee road, between Farranfore and Gortatlea, which marks more progress in a campaign for improvements.

Costing €20 million, this stretch replaces a narrow, dangerous section of roadway which had been deemed inadequate to cater for current traffic volumes.

A €35m investment plan is in the pipeline which will see essential upgrading of the Kerry road network and other major projects, including a new 21km road between Killarney and Farranfore.

Two critical new sections of road between Killarney and Tralee have been opened this year.

There has been criticism, however, that most of the roads investment is in national primary roads, to the detriment of secondary and minor roads in Kerry.

But National Roads Authority (NRA) chairman Peter Malone said the NRA was conscious of the importance of national secondary roads serving the region.

“In this regard, we have allocated over €8m for the national secondary road network in Kerry,” he said.

Kerry county engineer Tom Curran said the improvement of the national primary network was a key objective of Kerry County Council.

Work is ongoing on 7km of the Castleisland/Abbeyfeale road, from Headley’s Bridge to Feale’s Bridge.

Bypasses are also being designed for both Tralee and Castleisland, while planning has also started on a proposed road between Killarney and Farranfore.

In Cork plans are afoot to build a new road between Ballyvourney and Ovens.

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