By Sean Moriarty
Motorists can expect several weeks of disruption due to the on-going repair work of the R569 Kenmare road after it partially collapsed during last Sunday’s Storm Ciara.
Kerry County Council took the decision to close the road from its junction with the N22 Cork-Killarney road to Morley’s Bridge in Kilgarvan following storm damage at the weekend.
Motorists travelling from Killarney to Kenmare have been advised to take the diversion route via Moll’s Gap.
However, no provision has been made for trucks and there is a height restriction at the tunnel on the Moll’s Gap road.
Typical box-style trucks cannot fit through Newfoundland Bay Tunnel but Kerry County Council cannot put a definitive timeframe on when the work might be completed.
“There is currently no timeframe for the works as the structural assessments are ongoing but it is anticipated that the road will be closed for a number of weeks. Trucks and HGVs should be aware of the height restrictions at Moll’s Gap which are signed,” a Kerry County Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.
Further issues are expected later this month because part of the diversion route is due to be closed to complete planned works near the tunnel.
A road-closure order is in place from February 26 until March 16 to reinstate a partially collapsed wall on the shores of Upper Lake about 100m south of the tunnel. The road is extremely narrow there and the Council had no choice but to close it to allow the works go ahead.
Council staff confirmed they could postpone these works to allow priority on the repair of the Kilgarvan Road.
“No decision has yet been taken in respect of the N71 at the end of the month, but that work will obviously be postponed if required and a decision on that will be taken in the coming days.”