Mixed reaction to Farranfore road closure
FARRANFORE/CASTLEISLAND LINK TO CLOSE FOR THREE-MONTH PERIOD
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.”