‘Over €22.5 million allocated to Galway’s Regional and Local Roads for 2012 ’
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, in consultation with the National Roads Authority, has allocated over €22.5 million in funding for Galway’s roads this year. €20.6 million has been allocated for local and regional roads in the County while €2.1 will be spent on roads and associated projects within the City.
The funding is allocated under several categories including: specific improvement projects, strategic regional and local projects and other improvement, including safety enhancement, programmes.
Commented Galway West Deputy Sean Kyne “Several road projects which are much needed will benefit from this funding including the R 3336 Connemara Access road which includes an allocation of €400,000 for works on the Wolfe Tone Bridge near the Spanish Arch in the City as well as €300,000 for improvements on the stretch of road from Bearna to Ros an Mhíl. This road is a vital access route for communities in south Connemara and is also significant as the primary route to access the Aran Islands ferry services.
“In addition to this funding, €300,000 is being allocated for the R340 Derryrush road which links the communities of Kilkieran, Carna and Glinsk to the N 59.
“In the City, funding is being allocated under Safety Improvement Works for Dr Mannix Road and Grattan Road in Salthill, High Road at Briarhill and the Old Seamus Quirke Road.
“Initial preparations for the Galway City Outer Bypass are taking shape in the form of the €111,000 for the Galway City Western Route. This route will play a strategic part in linking Connemara and the western side of the City with the Bypass, pending a successful outcome at the European Court of Justice.
“Of particular note is the 12% increase in Galway County Council’s restoration and improvement fund from €8.4million in 2011 to over €9.5million this year. This fund is crucial in supporting the Council’s efforts at maintaining road surfaces, repairing pot holes and other general road improvement works and is supplemented by a further €4million for the Council’s road restoration fund,” concluded Deputy Kyne.