New €10m Road To Eliminate Dangerous Kilderry Bends

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At the signing of the contract on Monday were, back from left; John Wallace (Sorensen), John Shalloe (RPS Consulting Engineers), John O’Donovan (RPS), Tracy Smith (KCC), Charlie O’Sullivan (KCC), Cllr Michael Cahill, James Morris (KCC), Franck Guérineau (KCC). Front l-r: Olaf Sorensen (Sorensen Civil Engineering Ltd.), Paul Moran, (TII Regional Manager), Cllr Michael O’Shea, Moira Murrell (Chief Executive, KCC).

THE contract for the construction of a new road at the Kilderry Bends on the N70 between Milltown and Killorglin was signed at the offices of Kerry County Council on Monday.

Cork-based Sorensen Civil Engineering Ltd was appointed the contractor to complete the construction of the scheme at the end of 2017 and initial works are already underway on site.

The development of the new 3.5km section of the main Milltown-Killorglin road between Knockavota and Tinnahally, which will take approximately eighteen months to complete, will provide for improved access on one of the busiest routes between the north and south of the county used by 6.500 vehicles daily and will eliminate a series of dangerous bends at Kilderry.

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The contract was signed at County Buildings this morning in the presence of council chief executive, Moira Murrell, local councillors, staff of the National Road Design Office in Castleisland and representatives from Sorensen Civil Engineering Ltd.

The route runs from Knockavota near the graveyard in Milltown to Tinnahally on the main Milltown-Killorglin road.

Following a period of public consultation, planning approval for the Kilderry scheme was granted by Kerry County Council in 2014.

The Compulsory Purchase Order was confirmed in 2016 and the land acquisition process is nearing completion.

The project is being managed by the National Road Design Office in Castleisland and Kerry County Council. Work commenced in January 2018 and will be completed within 18 months.

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