Preparatory works on the N22 Bypass are set to begin next year.
That’s according to Kerry TD Brendan Griffin who said tenders for nine contracts are about to go out.
The Fine Gael Deputy was speaking before Kerry County Council today as part of a special progress update for council members.
Kerry’s five TDs attended the monthly meeting of Kerry County Council to give an update to council members on a variety of issues, including the much maligned, long anticipated N22 Macroom Bypass.
After listening to concerns of councillors the TDs present – Martin Ferris, Danny Healy Rae, Michael Healy Rae, John Brassil and Brendan Griffin – offered their individual responses.
In addressing the N22 Bypass issue, Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin said preparatory works are to begin in the new year.
He told the chamber Cork County Council would be putting out tenders for nine contracts for the works.
Deputy Griffin – the current Chair of the Oireachtas Transport & Tourism Committee – said Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s latest update was the N22 Bypass was on the Capital Plan and that an accelerated mid-term review was to take place.
He went on to say that the and a date of 2019 had been mentioned – significantly sooner than the previously anticipated date of 2022.
Deputy Griffin said from his communications “the necessity of the project had been acknowledged”, in bringing the “engine that is Cork City” closer to Kerry.