By Sean Moriarty

The long-awaited and much needed Killarney to Farranfore road improvement scheme took another step towards reality when it was announced on Thursday that €500,000 will be spent on design costs early in the New Year.


The junction where the Tralee Road meets Madam’s Hill, a notorious traffic congestion black spot, especially during the morning rush hour, will get an additional €250,000 while the Lewis Road/Killarney Bypass Junction will get €250,000.


The funding is part of a €19 million allocation announced for Kerry by Brendan Griffin with more funds for Kerry roads in the pipeline.


“This funding will add to great progress that has been made on Kerry’s road network in recent years and the good news is that there is further substantial funding to come,” said Griffin. “I am working every day to help ensure that vital projects in Kerry receive the funding they need and the funding will address many pressing cases. There will be further funding announced in the New Year and I will be doing my level best to ensure that Kerry will do very well out of these tranches also.”


Other notable funding for Kerry roads includes €1.35 million for the N72 Rathmore to Forge Cross road and €4.8 million for the continued upgrade of N86 Tralee to Dingle road.