October 2022 Update

Ground Investigations

Kerry County Council appointed IGSL Ltd in May 2022 to undertake a detailed ground/geotechnical investigation of the existing embankments throughout the Tralee FRS scheme area. The purpose of this ground investigation is to examine in detail, the composition of the existing embankments to inform the design of new flood defences.  

The geotechnical works commenced on site in July 2022 and are currently on track to finish the contract by mid-November 2022.

RPS Resident Engineers and ecologists are on-site to oversee the geotechnical contract and to ensure that environmentally sensitive areas are protected.

In order to protect the health and safety of the public and to ensure timely completion of the works sections of the River Lee Walkway will need to be closed on an intermittent basis. The closure dates for the River Lee Walkway will be announed in the coming weeks. 

A lane closure on a section of the N86 from the roundabout at Princes Street towards Blennerville is scheduled to take place from 24th October to the 28th October.

Please note that closure dates are effective from Monday to Friday only.  There will be no restrictions on the weekends.

Further details will be presented on the website. 

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Closure area

Closure type

Closure Dates

River Lee Walkway West

Full section closure



River Lee Walkway East

Full section closure



Lane closure

24/10/2022 to 28/10/2022

Hydrological and Hydraulic Surveys

Murphy Geospatial Ltd. has completed a topographic survey of the embankments, river channels and structures located by the river. The survey information will be used to inform the ground investigation of the existing embankments and the development of the flood models.

In June 2022 Kerry County Council appointed Amelio Group to undertake a CCTV survey of the existing drainage system in Tralee.  The CCTV survey is a video inspection of the interior of the existing drainage system. The CCTV survey is due for completion by late November.

Amelio Group were also tasked with undertaking the flow and rainfall survey which was completed in August of 2022.

Both the CCTV survey and flow and rainfall survey will provide important information which will contribute to the development of the flood model. 

These flood models will be used in the development of new flood defences.


A contract for the treatment of Invasive Alien Plant Species (IAPS) is being prepared by RPS in conjunction with Kerry County Council and the OPW. This contract will see the appointment of a suitable contractor to carry out the treatment of IAPS throughout the Tralee FRS scheme area facilitate future works.

An ornithological survey of the wintering birds within parts of the scheme area is also underway and will continue for 12 months.


Postal address: Tralee Flood Relief Scheme  Project Manager - RPS Consulting Engineers, Innishmore, Ballincollig, Co. Cork P31 KR68, Ireland

Telephone: 021 466 5900

Email: traleefrs@rpsgroup.com


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