Planning and Design Work Underway on Realignment of N70 South of Waterville
Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry
Wednesday, 08 July 2015
KERRY Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, has received confirmation from the National Roads Authority (NRA) that planning and design work is currently being undertaken by Kerry County Council on a proposed realignment scheme on the N70 south of Waterville on the approach to Coomikista.
Referring to a recent Parliamentary Question by Deputy Griffin on the issue, Gary Lynch of the NRA said that the progression of the proposed scheme to construction stage will, however, be subject to availability of funding and the many competing demands for the limited resources available.
Deputy Griffin has subsequently written to Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe, to again request that this section of road would be prioritised for funding in the 2016 allocations.
“This is a very narrow, twisty and dangerous section of road on the main Ring of Kerry road. The section of road is also unsightly, given that the ditches have been removed on the western side, in anticipation of future widening works, and is taking from the great efforts of the local Tidy Towns Committee to have Waterville looking fantastic.
“I welcome the efforts of Kerry County Council to plan and design the proposed realignment and will certainly do my very best to help secure the funding required to carry out the works.”
Deputy Griffin also raised the condition of the S bends on the N70 at Meanus, north of Castlemaine Village. However, the NRA currently does not have plans to fund any realignment works. Deputy Griffin said that he will be making a submission to Kerry County Council to reduce the speed limit at the Meanus bends in the forthcoming countywide speed limit review and will press the realignment issue again.”
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