EXCLUSIVE

 

By Sean Moriarty

 

The much needed realignment of the Lewis Road/Killarney Bypass junction has been met with yet another setback.

 

Several serious accidents have occurred at this junction and its realignment is one of Killarney Municipal District’s priorities.

 

Last May, Kerry County Council revealed plans to construct a pedestrian underpass to allow people get from Lewis Road to the various playing pitches at the other side of the busy road.

 

However, this proposal was met with objections from residents of the nearby Bridgefield housing estate who feared anti-social behaviour in the underpass and that their streets would be used as a car park for people attending games at the pitches.

 

Both Killarney Legion GAA Club and Killarney Celtic FC have playing fields on the Kilcummin side of the bypass road.

 

The matter was then referred to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

 

Killarney Municipal District was told at its monthly meeting on Wednesday that the project is further delayed.

 

“It is out of our hands,” Killarney town engineer John Ahern told the meeting. “TTI need to find a way to get people across the road safely.”

 

Last November, the Killarney Advertiser revealed that the Council faced a legal challenge in relation to the purchase of lands required for the construction of a new roundabout needed for the construction of a new slip road which would take traffic away from the Kilcummin side of the dangerous junction.