Sister of woman who died following Killarney bypass collision urges people to engage in public consultation

A woman whose sister died following a collision on the Killarney Bypass is calling on people to get involved in a public consultation aiming to improve safety on the route.

Five thousand signatures were gathered in two petitions calling for action to be taken on the road which has been the scene of a series of accidents.

Kerry County Council is proposing to upgrade around one kilometre of the N22 Killarney Bypass including the Lewis Road and Kilcummin Road junctions.

The plan includes the construction of a roundabout close to Ballydribeen Bridge and realignment of the Kilcummin Road to connect with the roundabout.

Right hand turns from the Lewis Road onto the bypass will also be stopped.

Cycling and pedestrian facilities will be enhanced and there will be an underpass linking Bridgefield to the Kilcummin road for cyclists and pedestrians.

It is hoped that the four-million-euro plan could begin construction next year if the necessary funding and land is secured.

Suzanne Mannix Dennehy’s sister Annette died after her bicycle was in collision with a vehicle on the Killarney Bypass close to the Lewis Road junction.

She is urging everyone to have their say during the period of public consultation which runs from today to March 21st.