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Sunday 20 April 2014

No objections lodged to preferred route for Listowel bypass

NO objections have been lodged, as yet, to the preferred route for the longawaited Listowel Bypass.

While the completion of the massive road project will be subject to the availability of funding from the National Roads Authority, a major part in the preparation process is coming to an end this week.

The period of public display of the preferred route option ends on Thursday, December 6, next and interested parties are encouraged to make submissions on the preferred route before then. However, the National Roads Design Office of Kerry County Council has received no objections, a spokesperson told The Kerryman.

The preferred route for the bypass - of the five options brought before the town - is the one that will take traffic closest to the centre of Listowel.

Three of the five routes would entail major development through river woodland to the southeast of the town and another entails a massive ring bypass of the entire town to the west and north in an obviously costly plan.

A fifth option that would take traffic from Billeragh, south of Listowel, across the Feale to the junction of the Ballybunion and John B Keane roads has emerged as the preferred route.

Landowners along the routes were notified last year of the route options as the whole project went out for public display. Kerry County Council will continue to deal with landowners as the project progresses, they said.

Following this part of the process the project will go to an advance design stage and then onto the planning process to secure the go-ahead for construction of the road on the lands affected.

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