We stopped at the side of the N22 road to Killarney the other day to take a photograph of the new Macroom bypass.
It's an amazing feat of engineering and is ahead of its proposed completion date.
There are videos on You Tube of the new road. No one who travels through the town of Macroom can really argue that it is not a bottle neck for traffic and a bypass is needed yesterday. The same could be said for my nearest town Bantry and many others in West Cork and no doubt where you all live?
I know that cars are a necessary evil and public transport and subsidised rural taxis are virtually non existant in rural Ireland.
The reason why I'm writing this post is to ask what about the wildlife? First of all the birds and animals who lived in the fields and had their habitat destroyed permanently and the new road is built between fields.
How much road kill victims will there be when the road is up and running? Could they not budget to put perspex see through panels at the sides of the roads or fencing? Or can you think of some way to prevent road kill on our rural roads?
Watching Fantastic Mr Fox made me think about these sensient creatures.
This post was inspired by a young badger road kill victim we noticed on a recent car trip to County Kerry.