Clare’s Local and Regional Funding Allocation for 2012 – A Significant Investment in Clare’s Road Network – BREEN.

January 31st, 2012 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs Pat Breen T.D. has today (Monday) welcomed the allocation of €14,935,441 in funding for Clare’s Regional and Local Roads announced this morning by the Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism Leo Varadkar T.D.

“This allocation to Clare County Council represents a significant investment into the Regional and Local Road Networks of the County.”

“The funding will be targeted on the maintenance of our local and regional roads which have being damaged by the severe winters we have experienced in recent times. This winter we had a lot of heavy rain and this funding will go a long way in undertaking essential repairs on those roads most badly affected. And for this purpose the grant for restoration improvement works for 2012 has been increased to €7,236,913 up €750,000 from 2011.”

“Other projects to be tackled in 2012 include works at Ballybeg in Ennis which requires resurfacing and for which €175,000 has been allocated. Others improvement works planned include works on the R352 Ennis to Portumna (Sandpit Cross) €250,000, works on the R352 Ennis/Portumna (Spancilhill) €300,000 and works on the R460 Miltown Malbay to Gort €250,000.

“Funding has also been provided for a number of low cost safety improvement works on the R458 at Bunnahow, Tubber, €30,000, on the R3471 at Lynches Bend in Sixmilebridge €50,000 and on the R352 at Sandpit Cross in Tulla at a cost of €110,000.”

“Local Roads represent 84% of Clare’s Road Network or 3,399 Km of Road; while Regional Roads represent 14.5% or 604km and the maintenance of these roads is hugely important especially for those living in rural areas as improvements to these roads serve to increase safety for all road users.”

“The maintenance of our local/regional roads also has an important economic role given that they carry 60% of all traffic and 43% of all goods traffic. Todays’ allocation is very welcome and particularly given the economic circumstances I am pleased that the Transport Minister Leo Varadkar T.D. has managed to increase the allocation in funding to Clare County Council this year; which is good news for road users in County Clare.”