By Sean Moriarty
A potential solution to the traffic problems, particularly at school times, on New Road – a notorious traffic blackspot in Killarney – has been put forward by Killarney Municipal District officials.
The street provides access to three secondary schools, two primary schools and one special needs facility – bringing an estimated 2,800 users to the area on a daily basis. Illegal parking at school times adds to issues on the street.
A special meeting with Kerry County Council, school principals and An Garda Síochána was held November last year in an effort to come up with solutions to traffic flow in the area.
Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Brendan Cronin called for the provision of two lanes of traffic at the top of New Road, creating a feeder lane on to Rock Road.
“I request that works be immediately undertaken to allow two lanes of traffic freely exit from the New Road junction on to Rock Road in an effort to alleviate congestion on New Road,” Cllr Cronin told this week’s meeting of KMD.
Kerry County Council responded by saying it is currently surveying New Road and its junction with Rock Road and would prepare new road layout designs.
“The design considerations for this location will consider pedestrians and cyclists, along with traffic flow on New Road and at the junction to Rock Road,” a council spokesperson told the meeting.