The contract has been awarded for the construction of two new sections of the N86 road between Tralee and Dingle.
Major improvement works will take place between Lispole and Ballynasare and between Ballygarret and Camp.
The contract has been awarded to Kerry-based Allman Contracts Ltd and Mid-Cork Tarmacadam Ltd, operating as a joint venture.
Documents were signed by the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Michael O’Shea at Áras an Chontae this morning.
Preparatory work on the €8 million project is underway and the contract will take approximately 18 months to complete.
The works will see the continuation of improvements in recent years on the main national route on the Dingle Peninsula which is a primary tourism artery.
Funding for the scheme – measuring 4km in total across both sections – is being provided by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).
The project will include a continuation of a cycleway and pedestrian facility and will be consistent with the recently improved section on the N86 between Annascaul and Gortbreagoge.
It is expected that, subject to availability of further funding, the construction of the remainder of the scheme between Tralee and Dingle will be progressed over the coming years.
West Kerry Fine Gael Councillor Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald said the people of the Dingle Peninsula have been waiting a long time for this: