Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D. has today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism Pascal Donohoe. that over €13 million in funding has been allocated for the upkeep and maintenance of Regional and Local Roads in County Clare for 2015.
“Road maintenance and repair in 2015 is very important given the Government’s focus on spreading the economic recovery into all regions, including County Clare. I am pleased that Minister Donohoe has been able to protect funding for key road maintenance and strengthening problems for our local authorities with a €294 million investment programme planned for this year.”
€6,516,447 has been allocated for restoration improvements works in Clare with a further €3,099,477 available under the Discretionary Grant. This year particular emphasis is being placed on Bridge Rehabilitation Works with 13 Bridges across the County to benefit to the tune of €642,600.
In addition €240,000 is to be spent on a number of low cost safety improvements works with the areas to benefit including the R474/R460 Crossroads near Miltown, Junction of R462/L3102 in Cratloe Village, Junction of R78/L1038 near Doolin, on the R469 at Quinville west of Quin Village, on the R353 South West of Bodyke, on the R471/L3178/L3040/L7116 at the Ministers Cross, at the Crossroads on the R464 in Parteen and on the R481 near Ennistymon.”
“The funding announced today is awarded in addition to local authorities’ own resources. County Councils are best placed to assess priorities within their areas and are responsible for their work programme.
The Government is committed to spreading the economic recovery to all regions of the country. Ensuring the upkeep and maintenance of our road network is essential in facilitating our future economic growth and securing job creation. The Regional Enterprise Strategy which will be launched in the coming weeks will emphasise growth in the regions and I am confident that improved and well maintained roads in Clare only be an advantage to locals and to businesses.”