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Relief for Kanturk as work to start on road


The planned Kanturk relief road

The planned Kanturk relief road

The planned Kanturk relief road


Work is finally set to start on the long-awaited Kanturk Relief Road in the new year following the allocation of more than €740,000 to Cork County Council for the project.

The allocation of €743,400 under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund will go a long way to financing the road, which will cost just shy of €1million to build, with the shortfall being made up from the council's own coffers.

The road will be located on the eastern end of the proposed access road to be constructed for the new school adjacent to the Mill Road and connected to the L5067 at Bluepool Upper.

Land for the road had been purchased by Cork County Council a number of years ago, with Part 8 planning for the project sanctioned in May of 2017.

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Following the completion of a detailed design process, the scheme went out to tender in August, with a contractor set to be appointed on the coming weeks and work on the project to start in Q1 of 2021.

It is envisaged that the 410-metre-long road, which will incorporate cycle lanes and footpaths, will be completed by October of next year.

News of the funding allocation has been warmly welcomed by local public representatives, who have been campaigning for years to get the project off the ground.

Cllr Bernard Moynihan (FF) said the road will being multiple benefits to Kanturk.

"This is fantastic news. The link road will significantly reduce traffic congestion in the town centre, increasing the business potential of Kanturk and the viability of local businesses, making the town a more attractive proposition for shoppers. Hopefully, it will also result in the redevelopment of derelict buildings in the town and the establishment of a remote working hub," said Cllr Moynihan.

"As the capital of Duhallow, Kanturk has huge potential for further development in the coming years, and it is only when the link road is built that people will realise just how valuable the town is to the region."

Cllr John Paul O'Shea (FG) said the road would alleviate a lot of the traffic from the centre of the town, while also providing improved access to a new amalgamated national school.

"The new relief road will also help to facilitate the future development of zoned land as set out in the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Local Area Plan 2016. Given that much of the groundwork for the project is already in place, I look forward to seeing work commence in the very near future," he said.