Work on the new Listowel bypass won’t start until 2018 at the earliest.
Councillors from the Listowel Municipal District were told this week, that some preliminary work still needs to be done, before construction can get underway. The route of the new bypass will take traffic around the outskirts of the town from the Finuge junction, on a new bridge over the River Feale, and on to the John B Keane road. Tracey Smith from Kerry County Council’s design department, says council staff are meeting with affected landowners at the moment, and are willing to meet with anyone else who has concerns or questions. She says the public will also have six weeks during which to make submissions, after the details appear in the local paper. Councillor Mike Kennelly told the monthly Municipal meeting, that there was a lot of talk about the bypass on social media. He said many people were still unaware that it was happening, and he urged the public to look at the plans and make submissions. He also suggested that an Open Day he held, to give the public an opportunity to view a photo montage of the bypass. Councillors were also told at the meeting, that the bypass will take 18 months to construct.