Rush is on to complete roadworks



ROADWORKS are taking place in all corners of the county at present as the council works flat-out to complete projects so it can draw down funding for the schemes by the end of the year.

Many Kerry motorists are wondering why the county seems to be under more roadworks than ever before. It's due to the fact that the council has to spend its roads budget for 2012 by the end of the year before it can get its hands on the actual money promised under the same budget.

The authority is seeking to complete all the projects earmarked for completion in 2012 in its annual roads allocation announced last March. It stands to lose massive funding if it fails to finish each task by December 31.

"There's a big push on at the moment to complete all our improvement projects on the regional and local roads," Communications Officer for the authority Pádraig Corkery told The Kerryman.

"The major projects like the Tralee bypass, the N86 at Annascaul and the N69 between Tralee and Listowel are not subject to the same deadline as they are longer projects, but all the rest need to be finished by the end of the year so we can draw down the funding promised the county in our allocation," Mr Corkery added.

€16.1 million was allocated Kerry this year for its regional and local road network, with €41 million provided for the national primary and secondary projects including the Tralee Bypass.

Kerry County Council says that its works on a new 3.5km stretch on the N69 between Tralee and Listowel will be finished within the week at the earliest, or within the fortnight at the very latest.

The council has received some complaints over distruption to traffic as a result of the works on the N69 over the previous months. "We received some complaints, but unfortunately there is always some disruption before people can see real benefits when roadworks take place on routes that are in use, unlike the Tralee bypass which is largely happening off road.

"We're hopeful this project will finish within a fortnight's time at the latest," Mr Corkery added.

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