Over €26 million in funding has been allocated to assist the repair of regional and local roads in Limerick, a Fine Gael Senator has said.
Senator Maria Byrne said: “I warmly welcome the additional funding support of €26 million to assist Limerick City & County Council in progressing repairs to regional and local roads.
“I welcome the announcement that Minister Ross has allocated €7.5 million to progress the Coonagh / Knockalisheen Distributor Road and €60,000 to Limerick Council for traffic calming measures for the Five Cross Roads in Murroe”
“2019 will see a further significant increase in grant funding for regional and local roads, which I’m delighted to see.
“Recent extreme weather events have had a major impact on the regional and local road network and this funding will see essential maintenance and improvements carried out.
“These events, combined with the extended period of reduced funding for road maintenance following the economic downturn, have left the road network much more vulnerable to damage.
“Fine Gael is determined to support the continued growth in our economy in the years to come by maintaining and renewing existing infrastructure.
“I know this funding will greatly assist in the repairs and ensure our road network in Limerick is of the highest standard,” Senator Byrne concluded.
Minister for Transport Shane Ross said: “Overall funding will increase by about 16% this year. This increase in funding should allow approximately 2,400kms of regional and local roads to be maintained and 2,150kms to be strengthened this year.
“These grants are to supplement local authorities’ own resources and expenditure on regional and local road and are just part of the total investment in regional and local roads for this year.”