Kerry County Council has responded to concerns raised about works being carried out on one of the busiest roads in the county by reviewing the design of the project.
Works on the Muckross road have been the subject of some public outcry and now the local authority has issued a statement on the matter. The traffic calming scheme on the Muckross Road follows an examination of data over a 12 year period which revealed a high number of accidents. The absence of pedestrian crossings and speeding were identified as issues on the extremely busy route. The project by Kerry County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland aims to reduce accidents by 80 per cent and involves narrowing the road and making provision for cyclists and footpaths. The local authority says the project has been undertaken in full accordance with statutory requirements including public consultation adding it is similar to others around the country and will not cause unusual problems for emergency vehicles. The Council has recently trialled large tour buses, during business hours, to test turning movements onto and off the roadway which indicated no issues. It is also proposed to improve traffic lights and to increase the level of the road to reduce kerb height if vehicles needed to mount the kerb in exceptional circumstances to facilitate emergency vehicles. Chief Superintendent Pat Sullivan has confirmed that the concerns of Gardai have been addressed.
The Council will be proceeding to complete the works and will conduct a review after a year.