Upper Main Street Safety Measures Including a Zebra Crossing Set for Consultation Process

College Road Michael Burke 28/02/2017
Unregulated traffic and pedestrians clog College Road at opening and closing times during school terms.  ©Photograph: John Reidy
Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald with a memo on the Kerry County Council updates on the latest round of Covid-19 restrictions.
The proposed school-bus parking bays in red in the area of the former Ahern’s lorry garage at Upper Main Street, Castleisland and, nearby, the proposed Zebra crossing between the bus bays and the entrance to An Ríocht Athletic Club grounds.With proposed but uncontrolled crossing points on College Road and Cordal Road.

Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald sent a notice of a public consultation process involving Kerry County Council, the residents of Castleisland and of Upper Main Street and College Road in particular. 

Access to the month-long process has been announced and it will run from today, August 5th to September 6th.

See the postal and Email addresses below to which submissions may be sent.

Up for consideration is the provision of a pedestrian crossing and traffic calming measures at Upper Main Street to improve safety for all users and especially for students attending the three schools located on College Road.

A Raft of Work

The raft of work will include build-outs and narrowing of the width of the approach roadway to and from the pedestrian crossing to 6.5 metres, the provision of two school bus set downs on either side of Upper Main Street and the provision of relevant signing and lining.

In 2020, the Castleisland & Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District received funding for €96,300 under the Town and Village Fund Programme from the Department of Rural and Community Development for a project to provide enhanced connectivity between neighbourhoods, schools and community facilities.

Announcement Welcomed

Members of the Castleisland and Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District from the Castleisland area welcome the announcement of the public consultation notice for safety improvement works in this extremely busy area of the town especially during school terms.

Kerry County Council is now encouraging submissions on this public consultation from now until September 6th so that the proposed installation of the infrastructure can proceed in an agreed manner to enhance the area for pedestrians and motorists and make the area safer for all users.

Have Your Say

Cllr. Fitzgerald said that he’d encourage the residents of the area to fully engage with the consultation process.

“After all, the momentum for the changes proposed for the area were all raised as issues from the public by representatives at the MD meetings and they were long enough in the process.

“I think it’s important that people engage with this consultation process at some point over the next month and have their say on what’s proposed,” said Cllr. Fitzgerald.  

Send your Observations to: 

Observations or representations in relation to the proposal may be made, in writing and marked Section 38 – Main Street, Castleisland, to the Administrative Officer, Roads, Transportation and Marine Department, Kerry County Council, Áras an Chontae, Rathass, Tralee, Co. Kerry or by E-mail to: roads@kerrycoco.ie

All submissions must be received by 5pm. on Monday, September 6th 2021.

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