The tender will be published this month for specialist ground investigations a North Kerry accident blackspot.
It’s hoped construction will begin next year on the €4.5 million project to upgrade the Dale Road, also known at the Rathscannel road, which is the R556 between Abbeydorney and Ballyduff.
As well as being used by locals, tourists use this route to travel to Ballybunion; it’s built on bog and has subsided, and has been the scene of many accidents.
Cllr Robert Beasley raised a motion at the recent Kerry County Council meeting asking what efforts were being made to ensure funding is committed immediately to the Dale Road.
The council says a project appraisal completed last year estimated the cost of the 2.2km scheme at €4.56 million.
The council says that given the nature of the ground, detailed investigations are necessary for the design and to mitigate for potential risks in construction.
The tender for these specialist geotechnical services will be published this month, and affected landowners will be informed in advance of the contractor requiring site access.
Lands have been acquired from four landowners to date, but the council will have to secure more.
Funding of €300,000 allocated by the Department of Transport this year will cover the ground investigations, land acquisition, and permission.
Subject to planning, acquiring the land, and approval from the Department, it’s expected construction will begin next year.