€1.65m for north Kerry road project

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

MIN­IS­TER of State for Trans­port, Tourism and Sport Bren­dan Grif­fin TD has con­firmed that €1.65mil­lion will go to­wards works at Mount­coal on the N69 from Tralee to Lis­towel.

The works will cover resur­fac­ing works over four kilo­me­tres on the main artery from Tralee to the north of the county.

The fund­ing – which Min­is­ter Grif­fin said will be made avail­able by Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Ire­land (TII) to Kerry County Coun­cil (KCC) – is in ad­di­tion to the €19mil­lion an­nounced be­fore Christ­mas for Kerry’s Na­tional Roads this year un­der the TII’s first trance of roads fund­ing.

The ten­der doc­u­ments are al­most com­plete, Min­is­ter Grif­fin said, and KCC is hop­ing the works can go to ten­der this Fe­bru­ary.

The Min­is­ter’s Fine Gael col­league Coun­cil­lor Mike Ken­nelly has wel­comed the fund­ing for what he de­scribed as one of the worst stretches of na­tional road in the county.

“It’s some­thing I’ve been lob­by­ing hard for over the past, I’d say, 14 months,” he told The Ker­ry­man this week.

“There’s a lot of traf­fic on the road for a few rea­sons. You have peo­ple from north Kerry trav­el­ling into Tralee for work – and vice versa, ob­vi­ously – and you also have peo­ple com­ing to visit Lis­towel, par­tic­u­larly on the back of it be­ing named re­cently as Ire­land’s ti­di­est town.

“Peo­ple, if there was no car com­ing against them, were in­clined to drive on the mid­dle of the road to avoid the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion and pot­holes on the road in by the ditches.

“It’s fan­tas­tic news for north Kerry; it’s a great New Year’s present.”

Cllr Mike Ken­nelly

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