Mixed re­ac­tion to Far­ran­fore road clo­sure


The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By STEPHEN FERNANE

LO­CALS say the clo­sure of a sec­tion of the N23 road be­tween Far­ran­fore and Castleisland will af­fect lo­cal busi­ness and cause se­ri­ous dis­rup­tion to road users.

The de­mo­li­tion and re­build­ing of Dy­sert Bridge is be­ing car­ried out for safety rea­sons and to al­low for ma­jor con­struc­tion work on site. Clo­sures will af­fect the junc­tion of the N23 and the L2024 (Camp Road), and the junc­tion of the N23 and the L2025 (Pow­ell’s Road) from 7am on 24 May to 6pm on Mon­day, Au­gust 20.

But Far­ran­fore Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion Chair­man, Richard Sher­wood, who runs a pub and restau­rant in the vil­lage, feels the works will af­fect trade dur­ing what is his busiest time of the year.

“This will af­fect my busi­ness as it means more traf­fic will be di­verted away from the vil­lage rather than through it,” Richard said. “The works mean all the Din­gle traf­fic won’t come this way; it’ll go through Tralee on to Din­gle. But ap­par­ently it has to be done be­cause of the bridge,” he added.

Dan Ah­ern of Ah­ern’s Phar­macy is Sec­re­tary of the Far­ran­fore Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion and while he doesn’t en­vis­age any di­rect im­pact on his busi­ness, he does see it af­fect­ing com­mer­cial traf­fic to Far­ran­fore.

“De­liv­ery trucks will have to be di­verted and the works will cause them to resched­ule. From the per­spec­tive of the Busi­ness Park this is likely to have an ef­fect,” Dan said. “The rail­way traf­fic is also likely to in­crease as driv­ers com­ing from the Kil­lar­ney side would usu­ally di­vert towards Castleisland once the safety gates came down. You’re now go­ing to have a lot more tailbacks be­cause of this.”

Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices Charlie O’Sul­li­van said the re­place­ment of Dy­sert Bridge was nec­es­sary as it is in poor con­di­tion and has been the lo­ca­tion of a num­ber of ac­ci­dents over the years.

Fine Gael Cllr Bobby O’Con­nell said he held dis­cus­sions with the project engineer who has as­sured him they hope ‘to get in and out of the job’ as soon as pos­si­ble.

“It does af­fect peo­ple in Castleisland as it’s one of the main ar­ter­ies into the town,” Cllr O’Con­nell said. “But the works will also com­plete a very valu­able piece of in­fras­truc­ture that is badly needed. There have been fa­tal­i­ties on the bridge in the past so from that re­spect you can’t have an omelette with­out break­ing eggs.”

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