KERRY County Council says that roadworks currently causing lengthy traffic delays on the N72 at Ballydowney would ideally have been carried out earlier in the year but a number of factors had prevented this.
The works are on the Killarney-Fossa stretch and angry motorists have reported delays of up to 30 minutes during what is one of the busiest periods in the tourism season.
They are necessary to replace a temporary road surface left after the Fossa water pipeline was replaced almost two years ago leaving a dip on the northern side of the road surface.
"There is a limited number of contractors who are able to carry out this work and they are busy doing other works for us, so there was a capacity issue here," a council spokesperson said this week.
"This contractor was carrying out surfacing works on a number of other important tourist routes prior to this, including the Gap of Dunloe and Beallaghbeama. There is a requirement for the contractors to have all health and safety and other personnel documentation up to date and this can sometimes delay works too," the spokesperson continued.
"Thirdly, these are works that are dependant on spells of good weather for the job to be done properly and not have to be revisited," he added.