Tralee bypass delayed until middle of August
THE opening of the long awaited Tralee bypass has been postponed until mid August.
It had been hoped that the multi million Euro bypass would open to traffic by mid July but final finishing works and the installation of road safety features is taking contractors BAM Construction longer than initially expected.
Kerry County Council says it is now expected that the bypass will open by mid August though a council spokesperson said it is possible that the road may not open until after the weeklong Rose of Tralee festival which begins on August 14.
Work on the project is proceeding well according to Kerry County Council and every effort is being made to open the road as soon as possible.
Construction of the new bypass began in June 2011 and when completed it will include an 8km dual carriageway to the east of Tralee, as well as a 5.5km link road from the bypass to the N22 Killarney Road at Bealagreallagh.
Though originally scheduled to open in mid-May 2013 poor weather and environmental issues, including flooding on sections of the site and holes and weaknesses found in the limestone bedrock that lies under much of the new route, led to delays in completing the project.
As the majority of the delays in completing the project were caused by weather and environmental factors, which were beyond the control of BAM, it is unlikely the firm will face any significant financial penalties for going over schedule.
No discussions regarding any financial penalties will take place until the road has been completed and opened.