Released: 07 February 2007
The opening of the Tralee Western Link Road on Monday, September 4, will provide a boost for parents at the start of the new school year, helping to allievate traffic congestion in the Caherslee area on busy school mornings.
The €3.5m project which started last December, has seen the construction of a new 2.1km road from the Mounthawk roundabout on the Ardfert road, to a newly constructed roundabout on the Abbeydorney road, just above the Monavalley Industrial Estate.
The road, which was carried out by Kerry County Council staff has finished under budget and on schedule. It will not only benefit parents delivering their children to school, but will also allow motorists to avoid the centre of the town.
Killarney crane company Liebherr, will also benefit, as the Tralee Western Link Road will ease the transportation of their cranes through Tralee town to Fenit Port.
The Tralee Western Link Road is the first phase of a planned Tralee ring road system. The next phase is to link up the Abbeydorney road to the N69 Tralee-Listowel Road.
The proposed Tralee Bypass, linking the N21 Tralee-Ballycarty road to the N69 Tralee-Listowel Road and the N70 Tralee-Killorglin, is awaiting National Roads Authority approval.
Acknowledging the high amenity value of the Tralee Western Link Road, Kerry County Council has placed an extra emphasis on the landscaping of the road.
This includes the provision of high-quality footpaths, cycle lanes and benches. A tree planting programme is also being implemented, while Kerry County Council have employed a local artist to created pieces of sculpture, which will be placed along the route.