18 October 2019
By Mary Bermingham
The development will provide a 22 km road improvement from the Cork side of Macroom at Coolcour, will bypass the town of Macroom, the villages of Baile Mhic Íre and Baile Bhuirne, the infamous ‘Ballyvourney Bends’, and will finish west of Baile Bhuirne itself before the County bounds with Kerry.
Cork County Council has welcomed the announcement of government approval for funding of a €280m major road project for Cork and Kerry. The long-awaited Baile Bhuirne to Macroom Road Development, which has been in planning for years, will start construction this year and will take between 3 and 4 years to complete.
The improved road will greatly improve road safety, enhance connectivity between Cork and Kerry, reduce journey times, and improve the public transport corridor in the region. The road will remove huge amounts of through traffic from Macroom town.