CLOSED: Main St is to remain closed during the Christmas shopping period to allow the paving time to settle. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

EXCLUSIVE

By Sean Moriarty

 

Killarney Municipal Council has confirmed that Main St will remain closed until the end of December. Contractors are currently replacing the paving on the town centre street but the concrete needs extra time to settle properly and the Council will not reopen the street until it is happy with the bonding process.

The current work is not causing too much of an upheaval as it coincides with the Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions that are in place until early December.

Only a small amount of businesses are operating on Main St but that will change significantly once the restrictions are lifted.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue, on behalf of town centre traders, at last week’s Killarney Municipal District meeting: “that businesses and customers can avail, without disruption, of the shopping period in the run up to Christmas”.

The Council reiterated its previous call that it would not reopen the street until it was happy with the bonding process – something it said even before the work began.

Work is expected to be completed by early December but the Council confirmed that it would be another two to three weeks before it would reopen the road to traffic.