An access road for heavy vehicles beside the Ring of Kerry road near Glenbeigh should be blown to smithereens, a county councillor has suggested.
The call came following a presentation to councillors in the South and West Kerry Municipal District by a local rural development group.
They called for a realignment of the road network at Mountain Stage on the N70.
Because of an overhead bridge at Mountain Stage on the main N70 between Glenbeigh and Kells, large and high trucks have to leave the main road and travel for about a mile on a side road before rejoining the N70.
A deputation from Foilmore-Kells IRD told councillors that this side road was an impediment to business development in south Kerry because of the inconvenience for trucks having to leave the main road.The IRD group suggested the road network in the area needs to be re-examined.
Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae said that for articulated trucks leaving Killybegs in Donegal or Cork port with deliveries for south Kerry, Mountain Stage is the only place they have to leave the main road. Cllr Healy-Rae suggested the road should be blown to smithereens.
Councillors agreed that the by-road was in a very poor condition and narrow in places with trucks travelling there causing disruption for residents.