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Monday 22 September 2014

'Shocking' road will be surfaced early in 2014, say council

Published 06/11/2013 | 05:36

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The section of road outside the old Dingle hospital connecting Goat Street with the High Road.

THE condition of Dingle's streets has improved over the past year with the resurfacing of John Street and the opening of the new €2.5 million relief road connecting the N86 to the R560, but on Goat Street there is nothing to cheer about, with the road surface there in an appalling state that poses a challenge to drivers and pedestrians.

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THE condition of Dingle's streets has improved over the past year with the resurfacing of John Street and the opening of the new €2.5 million relief road connecting the N86 to the R560, but on Goat Street there is nothing to cheer about, with the road surface there in an appalling state that poses a challenge to drivers and pedestrians.

Locals say the condition of the road from Goat Street/Upper Main Street to Milltown Bridge is plain dangerous and could cause a serious traffic accident. Cars are taking a battering on the street and, the impact on locals aside, many people believe the bumpy ride on the street which joins into the Slea Head Drive is giving tourists a very poor impression of the town.

One local told The Kerryman that the shock absorbers in his car "were in a state" from frequently bouncing over the undulating and pitted surface. And a senior citizen spoke of the amount of debris that pedestrians encounter when walking on the footpath when cars pass.

Pedestrians on the very narrow footpaths close to the old hospital also have to contend with the unpredictable weaving of cars as drivers attempt to dodge potholes and there are fears that, with darkness falling earlier, people out walking are in danger of being knocked down.

Kerry County Council staff are well aware of the condition of the road as it passes by the entrance to their Dingle offices. It had been hoped to upgrade the road as part of the continuing relief road project but the surface has now deteriorated to the extent that a more immediate, short term, fix is essential.

The Kerryman contacted Kerry County Council about the matter this week and a senior executive engineer said resurfacing works are to commence on Goat Street and the High Road during next year's 'surfacing season'.

"Kerry County Council intend to surface from the Milltown Roundabout up to Goat Street in 2014," Senior Executive Engineer with Kerry County Council, Frank Hartnett confirmed.

"Surfacing season, weather wise, would commence April 2014. It is unlikely to happen before that," he added.

Kerryman

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