Up­date on Mac­room by­pass

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS -

CORK County Coun­cil has this week pub­lished Prior In­for­ma­tion Notices (PIN), sig­nalling that the con­tract for the Mac­room by­pass could be ad­ver­tised within the com­ing 12 months.

The Baile Bhuirne - Mac­room devel­op­ment was in­cluded in the €6bn 2016 to 2021 Cap­i­tal Spend­ing Plan in 2015. It is pro­posed to run from Cool­cower round­about on the Cork side of Mac­room, bringing traf­fic north of the town and on to­wards the Cork-Kerry bounds west of Baile Bhuirne, 22 km away.

Min­is­ter Bren­dan Grif­fin said the lat­est up­date is a step in the right di­rec­tion but has ex­plained that the PINs do not amount to a con­tract no­tice, in­stead rep­re­sent­ing an op- por­tu­nity for po­ten­tial bid­ders to clar­ify pro­posed de­tails. He hopes to see work be­gin in 2019.

A €14m pro­gramme of ad­vance works re­lat­ing to the scheme is on­go­ing, in­clud­ing site in­ves­ti­ga­tion works, geo­phys­i­cal sur­vey­ing, site clear­ance and fenc­ing.

Mean­while, Kerry County Coun­cil (KCC) said that the N22 be­tween Glen­flesk and Lis­sivigeen will re­main closed un­til 4pm this Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13.

Work in­cludes im­prove­ments at the Min­ish level cross­ing, re­pairs to a road dip, and up­grad­ing a bend at Rusheen­beg.

A KCC spokesper­son said it was de­cided to carry out all three re­pairs within one clo­sure to min­imise dis­rup­tion for mo­torists.

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