Contract Signed For Work On N86 Tralee-Dingle Road Improvements

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At the contract signing for the Tralee-Dingle road improvements were Colm McSweeney Mid-Cork Tarmacadam Ltd , Brendan Allman Kerry-based Allman Contracts Ltd , James Morris KCC , Martin O’Donoghue KCC , Angela McAllen KCC , Dara Walsh KCC , Cllr Seamus Cosia McGearailt , Paul Curry KCC , John Breen KCC , Dave Crawley RPS , Kieran Ruane RPS , Frank Joy KCC and Rosemary Cronin KCC . Front from left; Aidan McSweeney Mid-Cork Tarmacadam Ltd, Jim Allman Kerry-based Allman Contracts Ltd , Mayor of Kerry Michael O’Shea , Mouira Murrell CEO KCC , Paul Moran and Charlie O’Sullivan KCC. Photo by Domnick Walsh

THE contract 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 contract documents were signed by the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Michael O’Shea at Áras an Chontae this morning.

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Preparatory work on the €8 million project is underway and the contract will take approximately 18 months to complete. The works will see the continuation of improvements in 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 being provided by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

The project will include a continuation of a cycleway and pedestrian facility and will be consistent with the recently improved section on the N86 between Annascaul and Gortbreagoge.

It is expected that, subject to availability of further funding, the construction of the remainder of the scheme between Tralee and Dingle will be progressed over the coming years.

Welcoming the signing of the contract, the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Michael O’Shea said: “This road project will further improve access to the Dingle Peninsula and will build on the recently improved section of the N86 between Annascaul and Gortbreagoge. I look forward to the completion of the remainder of the scheme between Camp and Dingle which, when complete, will result in improved road safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. It will help local businesses by improving access and help to promote cycling tourism which is a growth area in counties like Kerry.”

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