Closure of Road to Facilitate Bridge Replacement

Cllr. Bobby O’Connell pictured with Kerry County Council Senior Engineer, Paul Curry and Evan Causer, Design Engineer with the project contractors, RPS Group PLC with local residents : Joe Roche, Tom O’Sullivan, Jerry McCarthy, John Daly, Betty O’Sullivan, Garrett McCarthy, Simon O’Mahony and Denis Mahony. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Local residents voicing their concerns with Kerry County Council Senior Engineer, Paul Curry at the Camp Road junction at Dysart as preparatory work begins on the replacement of the old bridge at Dysart. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Kerry County Council wishes to advise members of the public that a section of the road between Farranfore and Castleisland will be closed to traffic from Thursday next, May 24th. to facilitate the demolition and rebuilding of Dysert Bridge on the N23 national primary route.

Safety Reasons

The road closure is being put in place for safety reasons and to allow for major construction work on the site.

The section of road which will be closed is located between the junction of the N23 and the Camp Road (L2024) and the junction of the N23 and Powell’s Road (L2025).

The closure will be in place from 7am on Thursday, May 24th to 6pm on Monday, August 20th. both dates inclusive.

Residents of the Camp Road area have expressed concerns about this junction at Dysart where, they fear, traffic speed will be increased as a result of the new bridge which is about to undergo construction from Thursday, May 24th. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Dysert Bridge Replacement

“The purpose of the road closure is to facilitate the demolition and replacement of Dysert Bridge which is very narrow, is in poor condition, and which has been the location of a number of accidents over the years,” said Charlie O’Sullivan, Director of Services with Kerry County Council.

Major Construction Project

“The demolition of a bridge and its replacement on a national route such as the N23 is a major construction project and requires the complete closure of the route as a result. This will inevitably cause disruption for members of the public and motorists but for reasons of safety, it is necessary.

Realignment of Road

“There will also be minor realignment of the N23 Castleisland to Farranfore Road at either side of Dysert Bridge as part of the works. We appreciate the cooperation and patience of motorists while this essential work is being carried out,” said Mr. O’Sullivan.

Allow Extra Travel Time

The main diversion route is via the John Cronin Roundabout at Ballycarty on the Tralee-Castleisland road (N 21).

Motorists travelling from Limerick/Castleisland to Kerry Airport as well as commuters travelling to and from Killarney should allow extra time for the journeys.

Residents’ Concerns

Meanwhile residents of the Camp Road area met with Kerry County Council Executive Engineer, Paul Curry and Evan Causer, Design Engineer with the RPS Group PLC – the main contractors. The meeting was convened by Cllr. Bobby O’Connell who has many relations in the area.

The residents have concerns about the result of the realignment of the road and the speed they feel it will encourage main road traffic to reach once the work is complete.

They and their families, and children in some cases, drive from the Camp Road junction onto the main Castleisland to Farranfore Road several time daily and they’re hoping that their safety will be taken into consideration.

A Jutting Corner

They pointed out a jutting corner which inhibits a clear view of oncoming traffic from the Castleisland side in particular as the kernel of their concerns.

Mr. Curry agreed to take their concerns on board and to do what he could within the constraints of his remit within the overall project.


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