Junior Minster for Transport, Tourism and Sport Alan Kelly has announced in excess of €2m of investment in County Tipperary’s roads network.
The funding, which comes from the Government’s stimulus package announced last week, will see an additional €628,000 for restoration/maintenance for regional and local roads in the county.
Meanwhile an allocation of €1.1m will be made to the NRA to widen the N24 on the western approach to Carrick-On-Suir with a further allocation for pavement rehabilitation on the N65 on the Tipperary side of the Portumna bridge.
Announcing the news, Deputy Kelly stated that roads were one of the key issues on the doorstep for the local elections and he was confident that this funding will help alleviate many local problems.
“We know only too well the state of many Tipperary roads and any funding we can secure from Government is very welcome. The roads are one of the major election issues in this county and this additional €2m will prove most welcome. I’d like to particularly thank Labour candidates in the local election who have persistently raised this issue with me. As Minister they assisted me in putting a proposal to Government that was ultimately backed by Minister Brendan Howlin who made this funding available,” he said.
The funding will be spent across Tipperary through the local authorities. Tipperary County Council will be allocated €450,828 for community involvement schemes – an initiative that sees communities work with county councils to repair lightly-used and isolated roads.
The Community Involvement Scheme allocation will see works carried out in Templederry, Toomevara, Carrigatogher, Dolla and Coolmore Stud in Fethard.
Labour local election candidate Cllr Virginia O’Dowd has welcomed the latest funding for roads under the 2014 Community Involvement Scheme Grant.
The following roads are included in the programme: Garrane, Toomevara (L22563-0), road reconstruction; off Birr / Portumna road (L94891), structural overlay; Cooneen, Templederry (L21211-0), structural overlay; Culberts Road, Burntwood, structural overlay; Ballyhiskey, Carrigatogher (L94456), structural overlay; Kilboy, Dolla (L94992-5), structural overlay.
“I welcome the funding under this scheme, which encourages the council to interact on a local level with communities. I want to thank all the areas for getting involved in the scheme and playing their part in contributing to having the much needed work done,” said Cllr O’Dowd.