Hopes construction will begin on North Kerry accident blackspot next year

It’s hoped construction will begin on an accident blackspot in North Kerry next year.

The Dale Road, also known at the Rathscannel road, is the R556 between Abbeydorney and Ballyduff, and as well as being used by locals, tourists use this route to travel to Ballybunion.

Kerry County Council received €300,000 earlier this month as a Specific Improvement Grant for the development works.

A 2.5km section of the R556 between Abbeydorney and Ballyduff, north of Ballinclogher Cross was improved in 2009 at a cost of €3 million.

Funding had been sought since for these works which take in a 2.2km stretch south of Ballinclogher Cross to Derryvrin and onto Rathscannel; it’s built on bog and has subsided, and has been the scene of many accidents.

Cllr Aoife Thornton brought a motion to the recent Kerry County Council meeting asking about the timeframe for the redevelopment of the road.

The council says the €300,000 funding it recently received will allow the scheme to be designed and progressed through the planning process this year.

Design work will include topographical surveys and ground investigation, which will also determine the lands necessary to construct the scheme.

Land acquisitions and contract document preparation will take place after that, with a view to progressing the scheme to construction in 2020, subject to approvals and funding.