The preliminary section of a greenway venture in Co. Kerry has been formally opened at present (Friday, June 24) for cyclists and walkers.
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan joined Minister for Schooling and Kerry TD Norma Foley to launch the primary 6.5km of the Tralee-Fenit Greenway.
Mayor of Tralee, councillor Johnnie Wall and Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, councillor Jimmy Moloney additionally attended the launch of the venture which is predicted “to significantly improve the native vacationer economic system”.
Building started on the 11.3km Tralee-Fenit Greenway in November 2019, nonetheless works have been delayed by six months as a consequence of restrictions associated to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The route hyperlinks Fenit Village, which boasts each a Blue Flag seashore and marina, to Tralee city by travelling alongside the hall of a former railway line.
In whole, 135 landowners and different events have been impacted by the greenway venture.
The three-metre broad asphalt surfaced venture consists of 20 agricultural crossings, 10 non-public crossings, two public crossings and eight potential pedestrian entry factors.
The greenway additionally required the reinstatement of a bridge, an underpass of a neighborhood street and the set up of underpasses to facilitate farmers.
The 6.5km part, which was opened at present, will permit pedestrians and cyclists to journey between Fenit to the village of the Spa. The rest of the greenway is predicted to open within the autumn.
Kerry County Council additionally plans to hyperlink the venture with the longer term extension of the North Kerry Greenway from Limerick county bounds to Tralee.
Talking at at present’s launch, Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan mentioned:
“The Tralee to Fenit Greenway is one other nice instance of the position greenways can play in connecting communities in a sustainable method.
“This new infrastructure from Fenit to Spa is accessible to all and permits these dwelling on this path to commute safely to highschool, work or different facilities by foot or bike,” he continued.
“It additionally offers a pretty amenity for guests to the world and I stay up for the supply of the remainder of the greenway which is able to additional help tourism and sustainable transport within the area,” the Inexperienced Get together chief mentioned.
Minister for Schooling, Norma Foley acknowledged the hassle of Kerry County Council, landowners and the Division of Transport to convey the path to fruition.
The venture is amongst a sequence of greenways being developed in Kerry, which additionally embody the North Kerry Greenway between Listowel and Abbeyfeale in Co. Limerick and the South Kerry Greenway from Glenbeigh to Caherciveen.