Fenit to Kilfenora road reopens after accident

THE Fenit to Kilfenora road, which was closed over the weekend due to an accident in which a truck struck an old railway bridge, has been reopened.

Kerry County Council was forced to close the road on Friday morning after a large truck collided with the disused railway bridge, which once formed part of the Tralee to Fenit line, at Kilfenora damaging the bridge and leading to fears that it had become structurally unsound.

The road, which leads from The Tankard bar on the outskirts of Fenit towards Scrahan and Ballygarron, remained closed all weekend though the increased Bank Holiday traffic on the main Tralee to Fenit Road was not affected.

A small number of homeowners in the area did suffer some disruption as they were forced to take more circuitous trips to and from their homes over the weekend.

Apologising for any inconvenience to residents in the area, Kerry County Council said the closure had been necessary to ensure the safety of road users.

Council engineers attended the scene on Friday afternoon and the road was eventually reopened at around lunchtime on Tuesday after engineers from CIE, which owns the bridge and rail line, inspected the bridge and declared it structurally sound.