Minister opens €8m Road Improvement Scheme on N86 at Camp and Lispole
Latest phase of N86 Scheme improves access to Dingle Peninsula
Two newly upgraded sections of the N86 national secondary road on the Dingle Peninsula have been officially opened today (Tuesday) by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD. The opening of the N86 Lispole to Ballynasare Lower and Ballygarret to Camp Road Improvement Scheme marks the completion of a further 4km section of the N86 including a 1.3km section between Ballygarret and Camp, and a 2.7km section between Lispole and Ballynasare Lower.
The new €8m scheme represents a continuation of investment in and the upgrading of the N86 and follows the completion of the Annascaul to Gortbreagoge scheme which was completed in 2013. It forms part of the overall proposal to improve 32km of the main route between Dingle and Camp on the main road artery between Tralee and west Kerry.
The project incorporates new pedestrian and cycling facilities and eliminates a hairpin bend at Banoge South, improving safety for all roads users as a result. The contract for the construction of the project was awarded to Allman Contracts Limited/Mid-Cork Tarmacadam Joint Venture in October 2016 and works commenced in late 2016.
Minister Griffin said: ‘I am delighted to be officially opening the newly upgraded sections of the N86 Tralee to Dingle Road. The new sections of road are far safer for motorists and incorporate impressive new pedestrian and cycling facilities. The elimination of the hairpin bend at Banoge South is a great engineering achievement and required major ground works. The overall project means improved access for local residents and businesses, as well as meeting the needs of rapidly growing tourism numbers and other industry.
‘I am glad that the government is delivering for Kerry through this and many other roads schemes in the County and I will continue to keep working for further progress. I want to thank Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and, of course, Kerry County Council for their work on this very important project for the community and look forward to further road openings in the near future,’ said the minister.
The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Norma Foley said: ‘This is a very important day for the people of west Kerry and the county as a whole. The newly improved sections of the N86 will further enhance the route for local residents and businesses as well as the many thousands of visitors to Dingle and west Kerry annually.’
Michael Nolan, Chief Executive of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) said: ‘The official opening of N86 Lispole to Ballynasare Lower and Ballygarret to Camp road marks another important step toward upgrading the entire route from Camp to Dingle. TII looks forward to working with Kerry County Council on further sections of this scheme which deliver on both safety and sustainability.’
Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell said she looked forward to further progress and investment in the route: ‘Continued investment in the upgrading of the N86 is so vital for many reasons, not least the need to improve access to Dingle and west Kerry, one of our prime visitor locations. The new scheme being opened today will further improve the visitor experience to this region.’
Minister Griffin today unveiled a limestone plaque at Garrynadur to mark the occasion.