Traffic congestion is Killarney is a major issue that is affecting the prosperity and quality of life in the town. In 2016 a major traffic management study was undertaken by Malachy Walsh and Partners with identified the need for a new inner relief road joining Upper High Street and Bohereen na Goun. I have raised queries in relation to the progression of this important infrastructural project on numerous occasions. Below are two queries I have raised at council meetings, and while I welcome the progress to date, more needs to be done to expedite the project to the implementation phase.

06/12/2017-Killarney MD
Motion: What progress has been made in relation to provision of road from top of High Street to the back of Dunnes Stores (Bohereen na Goun).
Reply: Kerry County Council has appointed a Consultant Engineer to prepared Land Agreement / Acquisition, Detail Design, Contract documents, Tender Process and Assessment. It is expected the Kerry County Council will be in a position early in the new year to begin detailed discussion with the landowners.

09/01/2019-Killarney MD
Question: Please give an update on the progress from Bohereen na Goun to the top of High Street.
Reply: Kerry County Council are now in discussions with all the required landowners in regards to this project. Kerry County Council have also met with the appointed Consultants in Mid-December to progress the detail design with the view of preparing Tender Documents (subject to agreement with the landowners).

From PLANS for a long-awaited new inner relief road, running from the busy traffic junction at Upper High Street to Bohereen na Goun, near Dunnes Stores, are advancing steadily and funding has already been provided, it has been confirmed.

Council officials said site surveys and ground investigations have been completed and detailed designs for the project are almost finalised.

Funding has been secured through the Urban Regeneration Development Fund and senior council officials are holding monthly meetings with the appointed consultants to ensure the project proceeds without delay.

Responding to a query from Cllr Donal Grady, who said the delay in building the road was not good enough and it has dragged on for too long, the local authority said it is in the process of agreeing accommodation works and negotiations are ongoing with the three landowners involved.

The inner relief road will run from Monsignor O’Flaherty Road off High Street to Bohereen na Goun, at the rear of commercial premises on New Street.

The long-term plan it to join the High Street junction with the new inner relief road, as proposed in a major traffic management study, commissioned by the council and published by consultants Malachy Walsh and Partners, in November 2016