Kerry County Council is hiring consultants to undertake a traffic management study into vehicle flow and congestion in Killarney where the problem persists over many years.
The council’s roads director Charlie O’Sullivan said the consultants would make recommendations to improve the situation.
Raising the issue, Cllr Danny Healy-Rae (Ind) called for immediate action to tackle gridlock before the tourist season peaks in July and August.
Traffic lights in the busy Muckross Road area which has several hotels and guesthouses, are not properly synchronised, while changes to a junction at High Street are unsatisfactory and are leading to further hold-ups, he said. “There are also many other problems that need to be addressed urgently,” he added.
Cllr Brendan Cronin (Ind) warned of “complete traffic chaos” and felt the position could not be resolved overnight.
He suggested the traffic lights at Muckross Road should remain on amber and described the changed High St junction as a complete disaster which was choking up the whole town.
Mr O’Sullivan said it was up to the gardaí to request amber lights and that would involve having a gardaí on point duty to ensure traffic flow.
“Killarney draws huge numbers of tourists and that causes traffic congestion. We will look at the situation in the next few weeks, but I cannot give any guarantees in relation to it,” he said.
He said the interaction of two key junctions on the Muckross Rd will be examined as part of the study.
The need for hundreds of additional car parking spaces in Killarney has also been highlighted.