LOCAL people and motorists this week welcomed the opening of a realigned section of the N69 between Listowel and Tralee which has been the focus of an prolonged campaign amid serious safety concerns.
Residents of the area had campaigned for years, demanding that the road needed to be realigned to make it safe. Kerry County Council took their concerns on board and the new realignment has now replaced the old section of road, which was was deemed dangerous because of a number of sharp bends with limited lines of sight.
Work was carried out in recent months by Listowel firm Allman Contractors Ltd who signed the €6.5 million contract in February with Kerry County Council. The project has seen the construction of a new 2.5km section of road, replacing a 3.5kmlong section of the old road. The road carries an estimated 6,000 vehicles per day in one of the busiest routes in the county.
"It is terrific to see such a project of this size being completed on time and within budget," Mayor of Kerry Cllr Terry O'Brien said. "I am delighted that a local company, Allmans, in conjunction with Mid-Cork Tarmacadam were the successful tenderers, and the quality of the work is clear to see."
Mayor O'Brien also praised the 20 landowners along the route who sold land, by agreement, to Kerry County Council.