Fine Gael Press Office
Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
4th February 2019
€31.7m in funding to assist the repair of regional and local roads in Galway – Naughton
Almost €32 million has been allocated for road repairs, maintenance and improvements in Galway city and county. A range of works to improve road safety in blackspots across the county will be carried out with the funding.
Fine Gael TD for Galway West Hildegarde Naughton welcomed the significant increase in funding for Galway City and County Councils, which she said would result in an appreciable improvement in road quality and safety in the coming year.
“Within this substantial allocation of funding, there is money provided for ongoing maintenance, rehabilitative works, strategic improvements, and specific road changes that will enhance the safety and quality of Galway’s transportation network,” she said.
“Our local authorities face ongoing and recurring challenges every year in keeping our roads safe and sufficient for commuters and motorists. The recent extreme weather conditions is a reminder of the unpredictable factors that impact on our road network.
“This funding is intended to provide for such eventualities, but also incrementally improve roads where it’s needed most, and facilitate more major works and enhancements,” added the Galway West TD.
Among the specific grants for improvements in county is €420,000 for works on the Dunkellin River Bridge, and €300,000 for work on Derratha Road in Connemara.
In the city, €150,000 has been provided for work on the Salmon Weir Bridge, along with €70,000 for the bridge on Mill Street, and €40,000 for Wolfe Tone Bridge. €140,000 has been allocated for safety improvements on Maunsell’s Road, along with €41,000 for the junction of Shangort Road and Ballymoneen Road in Knocknacarra.
“There has been significant investment in road maintenance and improvement in recent years, following a period of underinvestment during the economic downturn. We’re now in a position to invest again in order to make our roads as safe and smooth as they ought to be,” said Deputy Naughton.
“With continued growth in our economy, we will be able to maintain, renew and expand existing infrastructure in the coming years – while that applies to roads, the same goes for the rest of our social facilities and infrastructure.”
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.”