Tralee Bypass receives CPO approval

Released: 23 September 2009

The Tralee Bypass and the Tralee to Bealagreallagh Road Improvement Scheme took a major step forward when the Compulsory Purchase Order and Environmental Impact Statement were confirmed by An Bord Pleanala. Notification of the confirmation was received by Kerry County Council on Tuesday evening. This follows a three-day oral hearing into the publication of the CPO and EIS which was held in the Brandon Hotel, Tralee last January. The 13.5km project consists of an 8km dual carriageway ring road around eastern side of Tralee town, and 5.5km of standard single-carriageway joining the ring road to the N22 Killarney road at Bealagreallagh. Mayor of Kerry, Cllr. Bobby O’Connell “welcomed the decision of An Bord Pleanála to confirm both the CPO and the EIS, and it marks a significant step in the Tralee Bypass project. It is important now that the project proceeds as the continued investment in our national road network is critical for future investment in the county”. Mr. Charlie O’Sullivan, Kerry County Council’s Director of Roads, Transportation and Safety, confirmed that the Council “will be meeting the National Roads Authority to ensure the project proceeds as speedily as possible. The Bypass will be fully funded by the national exchequer, and as such it will be dependent on funding being provided through the NRA.” While the project was originally costed at €137m in 2007, indications are that the actual construction costs will be reduced. “In the current economic climate, we would anticipate a significant reduction in the cost of the project, due to a reduction in land prices and construction costs,” Charlie O’Sullivan explained. The project would also provide a welcome boost to the construction industry and local employment in the county. A total of 79 landowners will be affected by the CPO. It has been predicted that the Tralee bypass will reduce traffic in Tralee Town Centre by a quarter and will reduce all travel times by one-third. It will also cater for predicted growths in traffic movement, with traffic models showing that the bypass will attract up to 18,800 vehicles per day by 2026.

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