National Primary Routes (N21/N22/N23)

Major Improvement Works

An allocation of €6,401,500 has been provided in 2007 for the following projects:


Scheme(Click for details)

Allocation (€)








Gortatlea/Inchimveema (Farranfore)



Castleisland Bypass (Design)



Tralee Bypass/Tralee/Bealagrellagh (Planning/Design)



Farranfore/Killarney (Design)














Normal Improvement Works

(II) N21 Ballycarty/Tralee €1,000,000

The allocation of €1,000 is for the completion of the land acquisition and the final account for the project.

(III) N21 Castleisland/Abbeyfeale €500,000

The contract for this Design/Build scheme was signed in November 2004. Work commenced on the construction of 7.1 km of new road between Headley’s Bridge and Fealesbridge, Co. Limerick, including a new bridge over the river Feale, in early 2005. This project was officially opened on 24 July 2006 by the Minister for State at the Department of Transport Pat the Cope Gallagher. The allocation of €500,000 is to complete outstanding works.

(V) N22 Gortatlea/Inchimveema €120,000

The allocation of €120,000 is to complete ancillary works.

(VI) N21 Castleisland Bypass €1,810,000

The Scheme comprises 5.4km of Single Carriageway bypassing Castleisland to the west of the town and linking the N23 at Clashganniv to the N21 at Dooneen. The CPO for this scheme was confirmed by An Bord Pleánala in May 2006. The Notices to Treat in respect of the CPO were served in January 2007 thereby initiating the land acquisition process.Contracts for Detailed G I and Archaeological Resolution will be carried in 2007.
Contract Documents will be prepared for the Main Contract which will be procured as a Design- Build scheme with a view to commencing the prequalification process in 2007 Construction is unlikely to commence until 2008 with completion anticipated in 2009.

(VI) N22 Tralee Bypass/Tralee/Bealagrellagh €500,000

The Minister for Transport, Mr. Martin Cullen, T.D., announced in January that a total of thirteen road schemes, including the N22 Tralee Bypass / Tralee to Bealagrellagh Scheme, will proceed to CPO publication in 2007. The EIS and Specimen Design Report are being finalized to take account of revised cross-sections for the scheme. It is anticipated that the CPO and EIS will be published early in 2007.

The allocation of €500,000 will be expended in the CPO / EIS finalization and publication.

 (VI) N22 Farranfore/Killarney €500,000

Preliminary design work is advancing on this scheme and a topographical survey was carried out from Farranfore to Lawlors Cross in 2006.
A decision in relation to the preparation of an EIS for the scheme will be made in 2007. A Preliminary GI contract will be carried out in 2007 to ascertain ground conditions.Construction on this scheme is unlikely to commence prior to 2010.

(VI) N23 Castleisland/Farranfore €50,000

Design work for a new scheme to improve the N23 between the Castleisland Bypass and Farranfore to Killarney Schemes will commence in 2007.
Constraints Studies will be carried out over the Study Area and a first public consultation will be held.
A Preliminary Environmental Assessment will be initiated to determine environmental constraints.

Pavement Improvement Works

The only allocations received under this programme are €960,000 for overlay works between Scart Cross and Brennans Glen on the N22 and €20,000 to cover 2006 retentions.

This is disappointing as the allocation is a major reduction on the 2006 allocation of €2.145m and it was hoped that some infrastructural developments associated fro example with Lissyvigeen Junction and Clash Junction would have been addressed.


In relation to maintenance of the 96 km of National Primary pavements, shoulders and margins a sum of €791,500 is provided which is a reduction of €63,413 on the 2006 allocation.
This is a very disturbing trend as the Maintenance of our National Primary Network, even though substantially improved, is a critical issue and if it continues will obviously have a major bearing on the condition of the network.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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