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Sunday 20 April 2014

€140,000 allocated for dangerous bend

A DANGEROUS mid Kerry bend that has been the scene of over 30 accidents in just three years, has been singled out for €140,000 in remedial works following an extensive campaign by local residents.

Heffernan's Bend on the N70 between Milltown and Castlemaine was again highlighted in The Kerryman just two weeks ago following yet another serious accident. On that occasion a single vehicle crossed the road and landed on its roof.

Several representations had been made both to Kerry County Council and the NRA and two one-metre sections of the road surface were removed and sent for investigation earlier this summer.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar also visited the site following a request by Deputy Brendan Griffin and last week Deputy Tom Fleming finally received word from NRA Programme and Regulatory Manager, Gary Lynch, stating that the authority is to provide €140,000 to Kerry County Council. "The allocation is for remedial works on the N70 at Heffernan's Bend and we have approved an application from the council to apply a reduced speed limit on this section of the route," Mr Lynch said.

The news has been welcomed by local residents who say they have feared for their safety on the dangerous section of road.

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