N22 road (Ireland)

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N22 road
Route information
Length 116.33 km (72.28 mi)
Road network
N22 Route Confirmation Sign
N22 approaching the Cork South Ring Road from the north
The Unicorn sculpture at road N22

The N22 road is a national primary road in Ireland which goes through counties Kerry and Cork, from Tralee in the west through Killarney, Macroom and Ballincollig to Cork City in the east.

Sections of the N22 have been substantially upgraded in recent years. During the 1980s and 1990s a 25 km (16 mi) section between Killarney and the border with County Cork was rebuilt and widened. An auxiliary climbing lane has been provided on the steep grade sections. The late 1980s saw a 3 km (1.9 mi) bypass of Killarney. In 2004, the Ballincollig bypass west of Cork city was completed. This is an 11 km (6.8 mi) dual carriageway road built to Motorway standards that connects with the N40 Cork South Ring Road. In 2005, 4 km (2.5 mi) of the road between Tralee and Farranfore was upgraded. This added to a 4 km (2.5 mi) section opened in 2002. In August 2013, a new 5.5 km (3.4 mi) section of road was added as part of the Tralee N22/N69 bypass project at Ballingrelagh replacing the section of road where the N22 originally ended at the N21 John Cronin Roundabout in Ballycarty. The N22 now terminates at Camp Roundabout outside Tralee on the N22/N69 Tralee Bypass.

Planned upgrades to Motorway[edit]

Five major projects are in planning for the N22:

Additionally there are proposals for 2+1 road upgrades to the Killarney – Ballyvourney section. The Farranfore – Killarney and Ballyvourney – Macroom schemes are to be developed as 2 plus 1 roads also. The Cork Northern Ring Road is currently in planning, and consists of 17 km (11 mi) of dual carriageway. Part of the Cork Northern Ring Road scheme would be designated motorway.

It is famous for The Sculpture Road to Killarney where the internationally respected sculptor, Tighe O'Donoghue/Ross of Glenflesk and his son, Eoghan, were commissioned to place sculpted stones along the new part of the road between Killarney and the county bounds to Cork. Most of the stones were excavated during the building of the road, varying between one and three tons in weight. The most popular sculpture is that of a rearing horse, set atop a rise along the road near Clonkeen. Made from ferro-cement over a steel infrastructure, An Capall Mór,the race horse, is accoutered with a helmet featuring a unicorn horn, typical of the war horses used by the Celtic chiefs during their battles. There are broken chains around its front legs, signifying freedom.

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