Released: 09 February 2007
Funding of €300,000 has already been allocated for design work on the next phase of the Tralee Ring Road, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dick Roche confirmed.
Speaking at the official opening of the Bracker O’Regan Road on Friday, Minister Roche congratulated Kerry County Council for their work on the 2.1km road, which connects the Caherslee area of Tralee to the Abbeydorney road at Monavalley.
“I am delighted that the first phase of the Tralee Ring Road – the Bracker O’Regan Road- is now being officially opened,” he said. “This new road will relieve traffic congestion in the town centre, particularly at Caherslee.”
Work on the €3.5m scheme began in December 2005, and was opened to traffic in September 2006, with Kerry County Council staff carrying out the work.
“It is a source of great satisfaction to Kerry County Council that the project, carried out by staff from the Roads Department, was delivered on time and within budget,” Paul Stack, Acting Director of Roads, Transportation and Safety, explained.
The decision by Tralee Town Council and Kerry County Council to name the road after former Austin Stacks and Kerry footballer and hurler, Bracker O’Regan, has been widely welcomed.
“I’m delighted that the road will be named after Bracker, who was an outstanding sportsman and a great Tralee man, who lived into his 90s,” Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Ted Fitzgerald stated.
“I would also like to thank the local residents and landowners for their co-operation and patience while the project was ongoing.”
The road marks the first phase of the proposed Ring Road system around Tralee. Negotiations are currently underway in relation to the second phase, linking the Abbeydorney road to the N69 Listowel Road.
The proposed N22, Tralee Bypass scheme, linking the N21, Tralee-Ballycarty road with the Killorglin and Listowel roads will form the rest of the ring road system. Kerry County Council has received approval from the National Roads Authority to proceed to CPO with this project.