Minister Jimmy Deenihan Officially Opens Tralee Bypass
19th August 2013
‘New bypass will relieve traffic congestion and enhance road network in Munster’
Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today officially opened the new N22 Tralee bypass.
The bypass, which was designed and built by BAM Civil for Kerry County Council, and features 8 km of dual carriageway to the East of Tralee and a 5.5 km single carriageway link road to the N22 Killarney Road. The bypass runs to the east of Tralee town and connects the N21, N22, N69 and N70. It includes five roundabouts, two road bridges, a railway bridge and two river bridges, with two further roundabouts on side roads, one priority junction and approximately 5.3 km of side roads, 6.8km of accommodation access tracks. The bypass also includes 9.5 km of dedicated combined pedestrian/cycleway.
It is envisaged that the bypass will result in an average end to end reduction in journey times of 73% and result in savings of approximately 12 minutes at peak times.
Speaking at the opening of the new bypass, Theo Cullinane, BAM Chief Executive said: “BAM is delighted to be delivering another major infrastructural project which will impact significantly on the Munster region. The bypass will greatly relieve traffic congestion in Tralee town, improve travel times and road safety, and enhance the road transport corridor between Tralee and Killarney. This project is a much needed boost for the Tralee community and will prove to be an asset to the area for many years to come.”
BAM has a long track record of large roads projects, having already successfully delivered the M1 Dundalk Western Bypass, the M7 / M8 Portlaoise Bypass, the M25 Waterford Bypass Motorway schemes and the Castleisland By-Pass. BAM is currently working on a number of other road projects across Ireland including the new N7 Newlands Cross free-flow junction and a major element of the N11 road network in Wicklow and Wexford.