Minister Hogan opens Dingle Relief Road

Released: 04 September 2013

Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government, Mr Phil Hogan TD travelled to Dingle on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 to perform the official opening of the Dingle Relief Road.

The €2.5m project connects the N86 Dingle-Tralee road with the R560 Conor Pass road, diverting passing traffic from having to travel through the centre of Dingle town. As part of the project, an 81 space car park was also constructed at the former Dingle Mart yard, providing additional parking spaces for visitors and locals.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Hogan congratulated all those who were involved in the project, which was funded by development contributions, designed and project managed by Kerry County Council’s Roads Design Team and constructed by Council staff, with local craftsmen also working on the project.

“As a busy town, especially during the tourist season, traffic congestion can be a significant issue affecting the attractiveness and functionality of the town. To counteract this, the DingleRelief Road will cater for a significant amount of traffic from Killarney and Tralee, which enters Dingle from the N86.”

And the Minister expressed his hope that the N86 Road Improvement Scheme between Camp and Dingle, which is currently with An Bord Pleanála, would get the green light.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald, pointed to the importance of Dingle as a tourist destination in the South West, particularly during the past summer when many Irish people chose to holiday at home.

“As any person knows, smooth travel into towns is crucial in attracting people and in preventing traffic congestion. The increase in car ownership over the past 20 years has been a challenge for any town, particularly one as scenic and beautiful as Dingle. The need to reduce time spent in traffic and increase parking options around the town were evident for some time.”

The Mayor also paid tribute to the support of the local landowners, from whom the land was secured by agreement. And he expressed his hope that the current national economic situation would ease, and would allow for work to begin on the two furthr phases of the Relief Road.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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