Local Fine Gael TDs Denis Naughten and Frank Feighan have welcomed an additional allocation of funding for regional and local roads in counties Roscommon and Leitrim.
Deputy Frank Feighan TD states “As part of Tuesday’s Jobs Initiative, County Councils are being provided with an additional €60 million for the Regional and Local Roads Investment Programme. This funding is being provided under the Restoration Improvement Programme.
“Additional funds of €2,227,000 for projects in Co. Roscommon and an additional funding of €1,310,700 for projects in Co. Leitrim will allow projects to be carried out in 2011 rather than 2012. This however is a provisional list, and there will be scope for county councils to prioritise other roads which may be lower down their existing lists.”
Speaking about the investment, Denis Naughten said: “I welcome this important investment of over €3.5 million by Government in our local and regional roads in Roscommon and Leitrim. While the funding will be used by the local authorities for the maintenance of roads, for surface dressing and safety improvement works, the main priority for this year’s Government allocation is for the local authorities to target resources for urgent repairs required on regional and local roads.
“The maintenance and upkeep of our local/regional roads is imperative as they have an important economic role and have valuable social and community functions. They carry about 60% of all traffic and 43% of all goods traffic.
“I am pleased that this additional allocation has been provided by the Department of Transport and will supplement the funding already allocated by both Roscommon and Leitrim County Councils in this important area of maintenance and road rehabilitation work.
“As a result of this investment road works that were planned for 2012 can now be brought forward for upgrading to the current year. Priority will be given by the Councils to ensure the upgrade of the roads presently with the poorest road surfaces,” concluded Denis Naughten.