Work To Commence In January On New €10m Road On Tralee-Killorglin Route

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WORK is due to begin next month on the construction of a new road at the Kilderry Bends on the N70 between Milltown and Killorglin following the appointment of a contractor for the €10m project.

Pictured back in June is the then Mayor of Kerry Cllr Michael O’Shea at the Kilderry Bends on the N70 withFranck Guérineau (centre) and Paul Curry of the Kerry National Road Design Office.

Kerry County Council has received approval from Transport Infrastructure Ireland to appoint Cork-based Sorenson Civil Engineering Ltd as the contractor to complete the construction of the scheme.

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The development of the new 3.5km section of the main Milltown-Killorglin road between Knockavota to Tinnahally will provide for improved access on one of the busiest routes between the north and south of the county and will eliminate a series of dangerous bands at Kilderry.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr John Sheahan, welcomed the announcement, saying the new road would provide a much improved route between Tralee and Killorglin, one of the most important arteries in the county.

“This is a very important day for mid-Kerry and for the whole county. I am delighted that the new road is now progressing to construction phase. This will greatly improve safety for all road users and will improve journey times for those travelling between north and south Kerry. Over 6,500 vehicles will be using the new road on a daily basis,” said Cllr Sheahan.

“It is vital in a rural county like ours that the necessary transport linkages are provided to allow for increased economic activity and to provide locals and visitors alike with an enhanced road network. I look forward to its completion in 2019,” he said.

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 is expected to commence in January 2018 and will be completed within 18 months.

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