The Castleisland Bypass is set to open two months ahead of schedule. The 5.5km road bypasses Castleisland to the west of the town and links the N23 Killarney Road at Clashganniv to the N21 Limerick Road at Dooneen, via the N21 Tralee Road at Knockannagore.
Construction on the 34 million euro project began in May 2009, and was due to finish in December 2010. But good weather and a strong push by contractors mean the Defence Minister Tony Killeen will officially open the road to traffic on Friday October 22nd.
The Castleisland Bypass is projected to divert 70 percent of all traffic from the town centre. Kerry County Councillor Bobby O’Connell, who is a Castleisland native, says the bypass will not only be a boost for the town but the county as a whole.