Failure to construct bypass for Listowel will be ruinous for the town according to Council Senior Engineer

The consequences of doing nothing will be ruinous for Listowel.

That’s according to Senior Executive Engineer Eamon Scanlon who was responding to questions about the proposed Listowel Bypass at today’s meeting of Listowel Municipal District.

Mr. Scanlon says being stuck in traffic is putting people off coming to Listowel and they are choosing to go to Tralee and Abbeyfeale instead.

Senior Executive Engineer with the National Road Design Office Tracy Smith also addressed today’s meeting of Listowel Municipal District about the proposed 40 million euro bypass.

She told councillors that without the bypass the time it takes to travel through  Listowel doubles, she also said the relief road planned for is not a complete bypass of the town and will give people the option to stop in Listowel.

Fine Gael Cllr and Cathaoirleach of Listowel MD Aoife Thornton asked if a traffic management plan would answer the traffic problems in Listowel thus avoiding the need for the 40-million-euro bypass.

However Senior Executive Engineer with Kerry County Council Eamon Scanlon said the bypass would remove 50% of the traffic going through the town that has no intention of stopping.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Jimmy Moloney asked for an economic impact assessment in order for councillors to sell the idea of a bypass to the people.

Kerry County Council has referred the compulsory purchase order for the Listowel Bypass to an Bórd Pleanála and people have until July 7th to make submissions.