Council to discuss Killarney Bypass safety concerns with Transport Infrastructure Ireland next week

A roundabout, reduction in the speed limit and eliminating right turns have been put forward as solutions to safety concerns on the Killarney Bypass.

The issue was discussed at the Killarney Municipal District meeting following the death of 48-year-old cyclist Annette Mannix last month on the road.

18,000 cars a day use the Killarney Bypass and councillors said there have been fatalities, multiple-car collisions and near misses on the road over the years.
The issue of the 100 km/hr speed limit on the road has been ongoing for years; councillors favour a 60 km/hr limit but in correspondence on May 24th from Transport Infrastructure Ireland it says an 80 km/hr limit is more appropriate given the strategic importance of the route.
Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Brendan Cronin said turning right onto the bypass is suicide and described the Lewis Road junction as the most dangerous in county Kerry.
Cllr John Joe Culloty and Cllr Niall Kelleher said accident report data for the road is not accurate.
Cllr Culloty said a roundabout is the only solution and the logical, cost effective, short term answer was to remove the right turn and to reduce the speed limit.
A reduction of speed from 100 km/hr to 60 km/hr would result in a 26 second longer journey time, he added.
Cllr Donal Grady asked the council to again write to the Transport Minister to outline their concerns as he believes the local authority is going nowhere with TII, while Cllr John Sheahan said the council needed to grasp the nettle and sort out issues on the road for once and for all.
Senior Engineer with the National Road Design Office in Castleisland Paul Curry said Kerry County Council management are meeting next week with TII and the issues, including a speed reduction, will be put on the agenda.
Mr Curry said TII are open to the proposal of a roundabout and were engaging more and more on the matter.