Ferris Hits Out At Suggestion Of Closing Hazardous Dale Road

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The Dale Road.

A KERRY Sinn Féin councillor has hit out at a suggestion at Monday’s Kerry County Council meeting that the Dale Road could be closed on health and safety grounds.

The suggestion came from  Fine Gael councillor, Aoife Thornton,  in the Listowel area who said that the condition had deteriorated so much that maybe it should be looked at closing it on safety grounds.

The Dale Road is a 2.2km stretch of bog road between Abbeydorney and Ballyduff, which has been the scene of accidents in the past.

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Cllr Toireasa Ferris who was at the meeting hit out a the suggestion stating; “The residents on the Dale Road and those who use it everyday should not have to suffer because of  the inaction of central government to tackle the awful condition of the road over many years.”

“The road is a vital artery for many people in North Kerry who have to travel to Tralee and it’s environs on a daily basis. There can be no suggestion that this road may be considered for closure in the near future. It needs investment and a long term solution to fix the chronic conditions once and for all.”

“Warning signs should inform drivers of the condition of the road, local users are well aware of the hazardous nature of the road but non locals may not be. Kerry County Council and central government have a duty to protect all those that have to travel this road,” said Cllr Ferris.

Kerry County Council has approval for a project appraisal of the Dale Road. Significant design works would be required following the appraisal and funds would need to be sought for this.

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