Council moves to make Dale Road single lane

Kerry County Council has moved to close the treacherous Dale Road as a two-way route.

It will begin operating as a single-lane within the fortnight, with northward-bound traffic to be diverted via Killahan to the west.

The move comes after Council engineers completed a review of the notorious section of the Abbeydorney to Ballyduff road in Rathscannell that Fine Gael County Councillor Aoife Thornton called for.

Cllr Thornton called on the authority to assess the safety of the road following the most recent crashes on it. Numerous people were lucky to escape with their lives when their vehicles hurtled from the causeway road in the space of the last year alone.

€300,000 was pledged to redesign the road last February, with hopes of a €3million announcement for the reconstruction imminently.

But in the interim the road contracts to a single lane of traffic.

"It's unfortunate but it is simply too dangerous to leave it two-way any longer. Residents are living in fear and it is miraculous no one has been killed in all the recent accidents on it and it is vital this step is taken now as the summer season begins with more tourists oblivious to the danger driving the road," Cllr Thornton said.

"I welcome the fact that this is an interim measure however.

"If I retain my seat I will be fighting tooth and nail to make sure the Department funds the full reconstruction of the road now, which is estimated will cost in the region of €3 million," the Fine Gael candidate added.

Traffic travelling north from Tralee will, as of two weeks time, be diverted via Killahan to the west.

Meanwhile, traffic heading south from Ballybunion and Ballyduff in the direction of Abbeydorney and Tralee will travel the stretch as usual, but this time without having to contend with oncoming traffic on the narrow causeway.