Kerry Road Bypass arbitrations could take another 6 months

A dispute over two major road projects in Kerry may not be resolved until April at the earliest. Kerry County Council and BAM Construction are in arbitration over disputes on the cost of construction of both the Tralee and Castleisland bypasses. Tralee Bypass complete The arbitration came about when the bill for the construction of the Tralee Bypass jumped from more than double the original contract of €30million to €76 million. A three day conciliation meeting on the Tralee Bypass cost was held early last month the report from which is due on January 30th. The council is also in arbitration with BAM over the final cost of the Castleisland bypass. This arbitration process has been deferred and a hearing is now due to take place in April with the report following later in the year. Several Kerry County Councillors had questioned why BAM was awarded the Tralee contract following issues with the Castleisland job and also raised concerns over delays in the payment of subcontractors.